Scout Notes

The FPL impact of Reguilón’s benching on Kane and Son

Burnley 0-1 Spurs

  • Goals: Son Heung-min (£9.5m)
  • Assists: Harry Kane (£10.9m)
  • Bonus points: Son x3, Toby Alderweireld x2 (£5.4m), Hugo Lloris x2 (£5.5m)

Mastermind Mourinho

Jose Mourinho’s tactical tweaks were a key reason why Spurs assets were somewhat subdued in Gameweek 6.

Fresh from surrendering a 3-0 lead to West Ham the previous weekend, the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager made important changes to his team for the trip to Burnley.

Fully expecting a physical and aerial battle, Mourinho replaced full-backs Sergio Reguilón (£5.6m) and Serge Aurier (£5.2m) with Ben Davies (£4.8m) and Matt Doherty (£5.8m) respectively, altering our expectations for the game.

“I did not want to risk losing the game. I thought about on many occasions of bringing Reguilon to the game because he is very fast through the corridor. I thought many times of bringing Lo Celso to play with Ndombele but that would mean losing Ben Davies, losing Moussa Sissoko. And when you lose aerial power against Burnley instead of winning maybe you lose (the situation where) Kane stopped a goal in our box. When they take the game to the direction they want they put long balls into our box.” – Jose Mourinho

While Mourinho’s plan successfully won the three points for his side, and a first clean sheet of the season, the absence of Reguilón and Aurier did somewhat dampen Spurs’ creativity in wide areas.

Reguilón benched as Gameweek 6 continues to hurt FPL managers

The question facing Fantasy managers now is whether Mourinho will take a similar approach to their upcoming home meeting with Brighton and the impact that could have on Son and Kane for the second week in a row.

It is certainly a potential strategy to use again, considering the Seagulls have registered the same number of attempts from set plays as Burnley this season (19), although that is admittedly from an extra match. 

Corners appear to be where Brighton cause the most problems. Their total of 13 shots direct from corners is the joint-third highest in the Premier League so far. That said, they will travel to Spurs without the suspended Lewis Dunk (£4.9m), one of their greatest aerial goal threats.

Of course, the team Mourinho selects to face Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday is likely to give us more clues to help us with predicting the Spurs team for Sunday evening.

Home Turf

While Spurs’ more conservative approach in light of the West Ham draw played a big part in their subdued performance, Burnley also played their part.

Sticking to their 4-4-2 formation with textbook organisation and discipline, the Clarets frustrated Spurs on Monday night, highlighting once again that they can still provide Fantasy appeal of their own in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, they also managed to force Spurs back in key moments, especially in the second half. Burnley’s robust, direct approach led to them finishing the match with more shots on goal and a greater expected goals (xG) score.

“The shape was good, I thought the belief in the shape and working from it defensively (were good too). We broke up their tempo and kept key players quiet. We mixed the game up well in attack and asked questions, more than we normally do in games like this.” – Sean Dyche

Burnley host Chelsea next, who have a round-trip to Russia to navigate this week. A combination of that travel-time and the Clarets increased assuredness at the back could make life hard for Timo Werner (£9.3m) and his colleagues.

Kane I help you?

The shot counter from Burnley v Spurs

In a week where so many of the key Fantasy assets let their owners down, we should not overlook the fact that Kane and Son each still managed to get attacking returns despite the mitigating circumstances we have already covered in this article.

As you can see from the table above, Kane still managed to unleash four shots on goal, three of which were in the box, while Son got away with two there and one big chance. That said, the quality and accuracy was mostly lacking on the night, the results of creators missing from the back and Burnley’s approach, no doubt.

“I think it’s a bit of both (tactical decision by the manager and natural evolution of my game). When the gaffer first came in he said that when I drop deep, the wingers have to run in behind. There’s no point in having two or three players dropping as it gives no space to play those balls. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while but there’s more of a finished product than before. My passing is better than before, the finishing is a lot better, so yeah it catches the eye a bit more.” – Harry Kane

With Burnley’s restrictive structure, the pair were forced to improvise in order to continue their impressive run of form, Kane peeling away from the main pack following an Erik Lamela (£5.9m) corner, nodding back into Son’s path on the back-post.

“It was an unusual assist. When things are going your way they fall to the right people. I’m not too sure (how the streak has kept going). This season I’ve been dropping deeper and the wide players have been running beyond and that gives me space. Doing that together helps, when in previous years it hasn’t worked out that way.” – Harry Kane

Son has now been involved in nine of Kane’s 13 attacking returns this season, while the pair have combined for 29 goals (not including Fantasy assists) during their time in the Premier League. Only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) have a more productive partnership since assist records began, further pushing the case to own both players. As of the Gameweek 6 deadline, 27% of managers were in possession of his highly-effective double-up.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; C Taylor, Tarkowski, K Long, Lowton; McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Gudmundsson (Rodriguez 84′); Wood, A Barnes (Vydra 89′).

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; B Davies, Dier, Alderweireld, Doherty; Højbjerg, Sissoko; Son (Rodon 90+3′), Ndombèlé (Lo Celso 79′), Moura (Lamela 57′); Kane.

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360 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Best use of 2FT:

    1. Sterling >> KDB (save 1FT)
    2. Sterling Watkins >> Foden Kane

    Thanks

    1. Los Pollos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      none

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      2

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Tough, I like both. Sorry!

  2. ivantys
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Fabinho injured lol. Imagine Williams playing at Cb for pool.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        MAtip is almost back

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Fabinho hammy . . .Liverpool in dire straits.

    • Los Pollos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A Zaha vs Wolves (away)
      or
      B Barkley vs Southampton (Home)

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Still a coin toss on who might get a peno.

        1. Los Pollos
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          But Milovich is on Pen

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Should I keep Mahrez then?

      1. Los Pollos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        yes

    • baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      KdB was down, but walking now

      1. Los Pollos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        yes

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He got knocked down, but he got up again

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Any ideas where to use 2FT's here guys?

      Martinez
      Saiss - Robertson - James
      Trossard - Son - Salah - Pulisic - Rodriguez
      DCL - Kane
      ____________________________________
      Forster: Brewster: Mitchell: Dunne

      1.3 ITB, 2FT's.

      A) Trossard straight swap to Zaha for exact money and bank a FT
      B) James + Tossard > Chillwell + Soucek (makes way for Brewster > Bamford following GW)
      C) James + Trossard + Brewster > Chillwell + 5.1 mid + Bamford for a cheeky -4.

      Cheers guys for any insight ya could throw my way 🙂

      1. Los Pollos
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        team looks good no trades needed

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Cheers man, Trossard needs to go though that i'm certain of.

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        B i reckon

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks bud, yeah i like B also, Zaha is a bit annoying not to have but sure as anything he'd do nothing if i brought him in.

      3. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        your issues regarding minutes on the pitch are likely to be with James, Pulisic. Brewster, Mitchell, Dunne ... I would look at sorting out some of this before moves like Trossard to Zaha

        I think you need a mini WC -4 or -8 to shake things up

        Good luck 🙂

        1. MSTRKRFTSMN
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Disagree re: James and Pulisic

    • Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Worth doing Aguero to Antonio if announced fit. Leaves me enough to do Pereira to Bruno the week after

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Sounds devent

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          *decent

    • how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      What would you do here with 2ft?

      Martinez
      Robbo Chilwell Dallas (KWP Mitchell)
      Salah Son Pulisic Rodriguez McGinn
      Kane DCL (Brewster)

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Robbo + McGinn --> Kilman + Grealish/Zaha?

        1. zotter
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Wouldn’t sell robbo. Pulisic to Foden?

    • PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Who to take out for Kane?
      A) DCL
      B) Jimenez
      C) Ings

      Doing TAA ➡ Kilman to fund it.

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        B if you really wanted to, but your current 3 are good as they are.

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Kane heavily owner and captained though. A hattrick would be a disaster. Went well this GW, but he could haul any time

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            This, damage limitation

          2. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I am just going with Son.

      2. Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Nice frontline. Considering that you have already missed Kane's fruitful spell and TAA will come good soon than later and trounce all defenders, can you not hold?

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Think Kanes spell will end? Have 2 fts

          1. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Of course. It might just have, already. Get him if you really want but remember he could get 2 pointers in the next 2 and TAA and Jimmy could end up with low teens. Your choice.

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              thats pretty bad logic though, since Kane could also score a hat trick next 2 weeks? Whats to say he wont? TAA and Jimmy could also get red cards next 2 GWs as well?

              1. Tinkermania
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                So you are agreeing with me as to why he should just hold. You just said it differently.

        2. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Does Kane strike you as a 5 goal a season man?

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Has to be Jimenez right? DCL could be a brave option if you believe no Digne, Richa, Coleman will severely affect Everton creativity.

        I have Jimmy and Werner and really at a loss on who to get rid for Kane

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          He’s on pens, no? DCL is not. Tough one. In your case I would sell Werner

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Wouldnt pin your entire decision on who has penalties. Trend starting to normalize now that teams actually know the rules now. Wolves as a whole is just not great at attacking right now and cant create any big chances. Also cant seem to score in the first half as well, that's why i thought Jimmy for sure, but he is the talisman and can indeed score a random chance every game which is what he has done so far

    • FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      More Man City data which looks terrible

      Sterling has worse underlying data ( forgot the misses as it doesnt count here for xG and xA) than Trossard , Lacazette , Firmino , and many more

      There is nohing but the hope of good fixtures to keep them as 12mil assests .

      1. djoker_nole
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Do you really believe City will score no more than 60-70 goals this season? they are just warming up

          1. FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 8 days ago

            But there is nothing to base the statement they are just warming up on. They have lost Silva, Aguero, Jesus . Sane from their prime attacking unit

            They have thus lost creativity from the middle and speed and crossing outwide. Added on top of this their fullbacks which can be an outlet for other teams which lack midfield creativity (e.g liverpool) are also not offering much

            I was a big backer of City for obvious reasons, and got them early. However as of yet there is not underlying data to suggest they are worth the value.

            Its more likely based on the data so far they will continue to struggle to score more than 2 goals a game.

            1. djoker_nole
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Sane has not been playing for a while now. Agree re: Silva and Aguero/Jesus. As soon as they are back , things will return to normality imo

                1. Tinkermania
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Silva wasn't playing much either until the ceremonious appearances near the end.

                  1. St Pauli Walnuts
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    That's not really true, played most games when fit.

            2. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Not having a striker is a real problem though. The amount of goal regression without one is not a coincidence. Still have goals in them but even besides the lack of fit striker, certainly a reduced attacking force from last season and season before. I say this as a City fan.

        • zotter
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Martinez
          Trent. Robbo. Dallas
          Pulisic. Havertz. Salah c. Son. Grealish
          Maupay. Dcl

          Forster. Brewster. Kwp. Lamptey

          2 FT. Zero itb

          Any way of getting Kane in without a hit?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            14.5m on Pool defence?

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Indeed .... happy to ship one but even that can’t get Kane in directly unless sell DCL

              1. zotter
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                14.4 actually 😀

          2. FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Downgrade one Liverpool and one Chelsea.

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yeah. Could do

              Trent. Pulisic. Maupay

              To

              A. Chilwell. Klich. Kane
              B. 4.8. Foden. Kane
              C. Kilman. Zaha. Kane

              1. zotter
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                -4 worth it? Bearing in mind Liverpool and Chelsea have “good fixtures”

          3. ivantys
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Trent to Kilman, Maupay to Kane, unless you want to sell DCL

              1. zotter
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                That isn’t enough I’m afraid. Still missing a million

                1. ivantys
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Oh yeah, don't think it's worth getting Kane in your case then.

              2. baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                -4 for Kane is still probably worth it. Just get it done and get rid off "deadwood".

            • FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Im here :

              Meslier
              Robbo TAA Saiss Ayling Kilman
              Hamez Sterling Salah Son Bissouma
              Brewster Antonio DCL

              Looking to make moves which are backed by underlying data :

              As reports are going that Antonio is perhaps out for 6 weeks (unconfirmed) i will in that case do this -4
              Sterling to Foden
              Antonio to Kane

              And week 8 -4
              TAA to Chilwell
              Bissouma to Zaha ( i have done a U turn on him, his underlying data is decent)

              Will give me a more 2020 like team which is doing decent so far.

            • OptimusBlack
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Guaita - Forster
              Semedo- Chilwell - Reguilón
              Son - Salah - JRod- Grealish
              Kane - DCL - Maupay
              Forster ( Lampety Bissouma Dunne)
              2 FT and 0.4 itb
              Guaita > Martienz
              Maupay > Bamford.

            • Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Guys with Fabinho, now out with a hamstring ........is it time t sell all LFC defence even Robo ??

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Robbo and TAA are owned for attacking returns.

            • ivantys
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Klopp seems to have no interest in UCL at all

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Eh? This is their best chance to use the squad.

              • ivantys
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Finally a TAA return

                • Klaren
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Thoughts about Sterling rotation risk vs Sheffield United?

                  He played 90 minutes in 4 games within 1.5 weeks now and they have 3 more games within the next 10 days or so. It would be extremely unusual for Pep to give an attacker so many minutes within such a short timeframe.

                  You’d assume Olympiakos at home is a better opportunity to rest him but CL is likely to be priority for Pep so I’m considering selling him.