Scout Notes

How Kane, Son and De Bruyne fared in midst of FPL fixture swing

Spurs 2-0 Man City

  • Goals: Son Heung-min (£9.5m), Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m)
  • Assists: Tanguy Ndombèlé (£5.9m), Harry Kane (£11.0m)
  • Bonus points: Hugo Lloris x3 (£5.5m), Son x2, Eric Dier x1 (£4.9m)

THE TOUGH GETS GOING

Top 10k FPL managers refuse to ditch Kane and Son double-up for Gameweek 9

Tottenham Hotspur’s key attacking assets made significant statements in Gameweek 9 as both Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) registered attacking returns against Manchester City.

Both players saw interest in their services wane over the international break as Fantasy Premier League managers considering their increasingly tough upcoming fixtures.

But with arguably the hardest of those out of the way, owners of Kane and Son are likely to feel a lot more encouraged to be holding onto the dynamic duo.

As predicted by his most loyal fans, Son was able to expose Manchester City’s high defensive line in key moments on Saturday evening.

He found space behind the Citizens’ back-line as early as the fifth minute after Tanguy Ndombèlé (£5.9m) played an insightful ball over the top.

That made for a 10-point haul for Son, his fifth double-figure Gameweek score of the 2020/21 campaign. Hugely impressive when you consider that he has produced exactly six of these in each of the last four Premier League seasons.

Meanwhile, Kane put in a man-of-the-match, impressing mostly off the ball with his contribution to holding the ball up and easing pressure on his team-mates, who spent most of the game defending against Manchester City’s large share of possession (65.6%).

“I knew if I was going to drop deep the centre-backs were going to follow me and with Stevie and Sonny running in behind, it worked. My duties were mainly, holding up the ball, trying to buy time, especially when you’re under the cosh a bit. Win fouls and bring others into play. The most important thing is we have runners in behind.” – Harry Kane

That enabled Kane to fulfil more of a creator’s role, as we have become used to this season, assisting Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m) for a 16th attacking return in nine matches.

WHAT ABOUT THE UNDERLYING DATA?

KDB OR NOT DB

Fantasy managers may be experiencing the opposite problem with Manchester City considering they are about to embark on a positive run of games but appear short of go-to attacking assets.

While they recorded their first blank of the season, it was not for lack of trying, as Pep Guardiola’s men dominated possession and the shot count (22 to four).

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) pounced on a loose ball in the box early in the first half, his shot likely to have ended up in the back of the net were it not for an offside Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) getting in the way.

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) did actually score after a Jesus knock-down, only to see that ruled out for a handball against City’s number nine.

De Bruyne struck wide from the edge of the box in the 50th minute before Ruben Dias (£5.5m) headed the Belgian’s late free-kick straight at Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) when he really should have scored.

The fact that Burnley, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion are three of Manchester City’s next three opponents is cause to believe that those who came close to attacking returns against Spurs can deliver on their promise in the near future.

The return of Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) to full fitness is also worth considering. An additional option for Guardiola can only improve the credentials of the midfield players on offer, although it also increases the risk of rotation for Jesus.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Reguilón, Dier, Alderweireld (Rodon 81′), Aurier; Højbjerg, Sissoko; Bergwijn (Moura 73′), Ndombèlé (Lo Celso 65′), Son Heung-min; Kane.

Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Walker; B Silva (Foden 72′), Rodrigo; Torres, De Bruyne, Mahrez (Sterling 72′); Jesus.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 9

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1,588 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Have exact funds for JRodriguez to KDB? Worth doing it even though to Fund Salah I will need to downgrade either Son or Kane in few gws?

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

      Hell yes

  2. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Have done Salah to Mane and no contribution from the later in liverpools 3 goals along with the sitters missed by captain Rashford an Soucek sums up my game week

    on to the next week

    1. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 12 hours ago

      I was all set to do Salah to Mae punt but realized uts unwise to captain with no penalties after all we have learned in first 2 months. Fpl will bite if lessons are not quivkly learned and implemented

  3. jamesjoseph2770
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Kane + J.Rod> Vardy + KDB for (-4) worth it??. Have the exact funds now.

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

      I reckon so

    2. Pops15
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 4 hours ago

      Looks great for this gameweek. KDB or Vardy for the armband?

  4. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Which of these 4/5 you need long term?
    1) KDB
    2) Salah
    3) Son
    4) Kane
    5) Dcl
    Currently on 1 2 3 5 as Bamford instead of DCl doesnt feed me with confidence and Son seems to have better upside

  5. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    FPL Towers - can we please have 6 midfielders pretty please? Oh and £110m budget too.

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      I'd take just 3-6-1 tactics allowance with same budget

  6. Eugeniekwh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Should i wildcard this team?

    Mccarthy, steer

    Ayling, saiss, reguilon, Justin, Mitchell

    Auba, son, grealish, podence, asm

    Werner, Kane, dcl

    Only people im looking to replace is ASM, podence, saiss, auba, and ayling

    Auba(c) was a one week punt haha thinking I was gonna wildcard for gw 10

    1. HVT
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 12 hours ago

      Easily justified

    2. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 12 hours ago

      yes

      1. Eugeniekwh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        Thank you but the problem is finding the replacement. Not seeing any good replacements for the people I want to replace. Any suggestions?

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Sub £6m miss really tricky but Soucek is my punt. JWP good and after Liverpool, March may be worth a look at least in term of releasing funds

    3. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Pretty easy to go Auba to Bruno and Saiss to Chillwell this week.

  7. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Can we have a poll who people think will join Liverpool in top 4?
    Help us decide which players to target in next 10
    Example if Mcity And Spurs to join then makes sense to have kdb son kane, if chelsea/manutd the 4th one then replace Son/Kane with Ziyech/Bruno/Werner
    I asked as cannot make a balanced side with kdb salah son werner bruno

  8. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Cancelo or Dias

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 12 hours ago

      C has higher ceiling

    2. The Handsome Hunk
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      December is coming.. I would prefer surety of starts, hence Dias

    3. Pops15
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 3 hours ago

      Cancelo for me. I think over the long run their points will more or less balance out with Cancelo more likely to miss out on a game or two. But Cancelo has a higher probability of goal involvement which is always more exciting to have in your squad. I expect Dias to get no more then 6 points per game over their good run of fixtures, while Cancelo has a high chance of bonus points and goal involvement in games where City could thrash opponents if they can finally click

    4. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 18 hours ago

      Dias....more likely to play every game with Mendy back giving Cancelo some breaks.

  9. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    GTG Friday?

    Who to C?

    Martinez,
    Coufal, Chilwell, Robbo
    Grealish, Bruno, Zaha, Son, Jota
    DCL, Kane,

    Forster, Bamford, Zouma, Lamptey

    1.2 bank

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      Bruno probably. Saints high line should suit United.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        Ta, your pretty good picking C 🙂

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        United are pants. Edging a narrow win against wba is unglaublich

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          They usually thrive against teams that come at them though. Look at the end of the Newcastle game after they went 1 up. They picked them off. Saints will likely attack them too.

  10. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 12 hours ago

    Is Jota worth getting instead of Salah. I thought they looked more comfortable in attack without him last night.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      Bargain Pool player.

    2. The Handsome Hunk
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      Salah is Salah, Captain Material.

    3. cyberspace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 2 hours ago

      I think it was Liverpools best game of the season so far but don't get ahead of yourself. Salah is their no1 dog, and its not even close.

      Also, improvement could be down to balancing out the midfield in 433 as opposed to 4231 when both Jota and Salah started. Dispacing Firmino will be almost impossible so I think Jota is viable short term at the best, barring any new injuries.

  11. NejiHyuuga01
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 11 hours ago

    Regretting not having DCL since start of season. With almost 1m price rise I feel like it is too late now. Of course the returns are undeniable but I hate joining late parties

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      Yeah. I may as well just join the late party

    2. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      Considering he isnt expensive better swallow your ego and get him. I have no qualms to get a player back after I missed his haul direct the next week and thats how u finish with good rank. Fpldoesnt care about your pride

  12. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 11 hours ago

    How nailed is Jota? Will you pick Foden for next 2 over Jota?

    1. The Fantasy Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 11 hours ago

      Difficult to drop in current form but could easily be rotated.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks buddy

    2. Pops15
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 4 hours ago

      Jota definitely over Foden. Jota is in the form of his life, going to be tough for Klopp to drop him. Foden hardly getting a sniff in that city squad. And now with Aguero and Jesus back its only going to limit the spots available even more

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Thanks

  13. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 10 hours ago

    It’s mad how if United win their game in hand they go level with Everton and just two behind Chelsea and Leicester who many consider having a good season and only 4 behind spurs and Liverpool. After the awful start to the season United are a million miles behind

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 10 hours ago

      Arnt*

  14. Mane Mane Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    What’s the best move?
    A) Son and Kane for KDB and Vardy for a -4 hit?
    Or
    B) Zaha and Kane for Fernandes and Vardy for a -4 hit. (Leaves me with no city players for upcoming fixtures though)

    1. Pops15
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 4 hours ago

      Thoughts on just Kane to Vardy? Son looks more capable of a haul with late runs into the box on counterattacks. Zaha has some decent fixtures in the short term and I wouldn't be too pressed to get Fernandes now. He's not going to get a pen every game and United dont look too threatening. That's all if you aren't worried of a City thrashing of Burnley next week which could most definitely be on the cards with Aguero back

  15. Pops15
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 4 hours ago

    Am I absolutely insane to be thinking about doubling up on the city fixtures? I'm looking at moving Kane + Son to Aguero and KDB/Raz for a -4 this week. The fixtures just look so juicy and tempting, and bringing in Aguero early and maybe even Raz would be a huge differential to move me forward. I'm sitting at around 100k following a solid gameweek of 74 points. Play it safe and bring in one of KDB or Vardy for the week with the armband or take the risk and bring in double city to attack the fixtures?