It's 2022 and it's been five years of transition for Tottenham Hotspur. They survived the Wembley years and have happily made nest at the New White Hart Lane. It is with great regret that I must point out that Spurs are still yet to get their hands on the Premier League, but all is not lost. The North Londoners won the Europa League and the Super Cup in 2018, before Mauricio Pochettino departed for Bayern Munich and was replaced by Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola currently has Spurs sitting 6th, but they do have one of the best young talents in world football. No, not Dele Alli, he's now 25 and left for Manchester City in a £48.5 million deal last summer. In fact, we should probably address the departures; Toby Alderweireld left for Manchester United in a £38.5 million move and Eric Dier joined Manchester City for £54 million, whilst Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela made sail for China.
Who's in then? Well, the big name is Justin Kluivert. The son of Patrick, he arrived from Ajax for £27.5 million, and is worth a great deal more than that now. Ross Barkley, who has been widely linked with a move to Spurs, has joined, costing £31.5 million in the end. The England international has failed to justify that price tag but hasn't flopped as much as £30 million man in real life Moussa Sissoko. Here is the Spurs XI in 2022 according to FM17:
It's still Hugo Lloris between the sticks for Tottenham
Good news, Hugo's still around, and he's still one of the best shot stoppers in the Premier League. Aged 34, with a reflex rating of 18 out of 20, Lloris is as agile as ever, with his grip on the number one shirt having been further tightened by Michel Vorm's retirement.
Only followers of Spanish football are likely to be aware of Diego Llorente. The 23-year-old is contracted to Real Madrid but has made just two appearances for Los Blancos, being loaned out in each of the last two seasons. He set Tottenham back £19.25 million when they signed him from Sevilla in 2021.
Youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers is highly-rated at Tottenham, and Football Manager is backing the teenager to fulfil his obvious potential. By 2022, when he'll still only be 23, Carter-Vickers has already racked up 40 caps for the USA and just broken through as a first team regular at Spurs following a trio of successful loan spells.
Kevin Wimmer has become an important player at the Lane on FM17
Linked with a move away this summer, Kevin Wimmer has struggled for game time at White Hart Lane, but following the departures of Vertonghen and Alderweireld, the centre-back has become a regular fixture in the Tottenham backline. Valued at over £20 million, Spurs are currently fighting off interest from Monaco and China in 2022.
There's no Danny Rose, the now 31-year-old fell out of favour at the Lane and headed to Swansea City for a nominal fee. He has been replaced by a left-back of phenomenal stature; Jordi Alba. Having won it all at Barcelona, the Spaniard joined Spurs for £6.75 million and has been a steady performer ever since.
In holding midfield, it's a player who is surely destined for a career in the Premier League. Will Hughes has been linked with the big moves for some time now, but in 2018, Spurs finally stumped up the cash and paid £11.75 million for his services. Capped five times by England, Hughes is now valued at £33 million.
Justin Kluivert, the son of Patrick Kluivert, is at Spurs in 2022
On the right wing it's that man Justin Kluivert. Now starting to outshine his famous father, the Dutchman is the best winger to grace the Lane since Gareth Bale, who is incidentally still at Real Madrid. Kluivert is not yet prolific, but he is a real creative force on the right flank.
Karol Linetty is not yet a big name in the beautiful game, but the promising Pole could well have a bright future ahead of him. A gifted playmaker with an eye for a pass, Linetty joined Spurs from Sampdoria for £22 million. You may be wondering where Joshua Onomah is, but the Tottenham teenager didn't quite cut the mustard, and was sold to Middlesbrough for £3.4 million where he currently features in the Championship.
A seemingly very plausible signing for Tottenham, Ross Barkley hasn't proved a shrewd piece of business. Now aged 28, the midfielder has failed to kick on, and although he has won 48 caps, his best goal scoring season saw him bag just six goals, and his assist stats aren't much better. He's no Dele Alli.
Sheyi Ojo in action with Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta
Highly-regarded at Anfield, Sheyi Ojo failed to make the grade with Liverpool, and ended up making a £9.75 million switch to the New White Hart Lane. The move hasn't proved disastrous, but the wide man is yet to set the world alight in North London.
Yes, it's the big one, the moment Spurs fans were waiting for, Harry Kane is still at the Lane! Alli and Alderweireld may have headed pastures new, but Kane has stayed true. Now 28 and valued at £37 million, Kane hasn't been as prolific as you might expect, scoring 18 goals in 36 games last season, and he's currently the joint seventh top scorer in the division this season.
What do you make of Tottenham Hotspur's starting XI in 2022?