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. Z
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Vardy or Werner??? Have Salah (C)

    1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Vardy

  2. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    C.Wilson & J.Rod > Vardy (c) & Jota (-4)?

    Would give me Liverpool cover until they play Fulham (will bring Salah in for free).

  3. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Assuming Antonio is fit, would you rather have him or Bamford going forward?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Him

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Antonio

    3. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Him

    4. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      I get why people are saying Antonio, but Bamford's xG stats are so good even against tough opposition....

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        I used to think Antonio was better but he’s not exactly clinical either. Leeds are a more attacking team than West Ham and every time I watch them Bamford nearly scored. Seems much more competent in front of goal too

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Guaita
    Chilwell / James / Kilman / Coufal
    Fernandes / Son / Grealish / Rodriguez
    Kane / DCL

    Forster // Podence / Brewster / Lamptey

    No standout captaincy options. Awkward defense.

    Bring in:
    A) Cancelo (for James)
    B) Jota (for Podence)
    C) Salah (for J-Rod)
    D) Vardy (for Kane)

    Not abject to a -4 for two of these.

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      C

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      They all look worth doing!

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      I’m tempted by a -8 Trent/Wilson/Kane out for Cancelo/DCL/Vardy(c)

  5. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Who would you prioritise to bring in for next week in order of most to least?

    A) Kdb
    B) Sterling
    C) Salah
    D) Vardy
    E) Jota

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      DCABE

  6. Lubic87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Hope Barkley is ok. 6m and below is an absolute graveyard - no idea who I would bring in. JWP or Soucek I guess.

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Not McGinn!

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      I think he will be out for at least one week. Hammy injuries are annoying, even mild strain can easily get much worse. I am considering either downgrading him to a fodder and getting Bamford for Brewster later (or Cancelo in for Lamptey) or getting Jota for him (Kane to Vardy).

      1. Lubic87
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah both of those sound good. Unfortunately I don't really have anywhere I want to downgrade... Maybe Cresswell to Masuaku to fund Jota. But not keen on that for a hit.

  7. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Best budget forward ?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      What budget?

      Probably Bamford/Watkins

    2. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Still DCL 😉

    3. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Antonio/Bamford, I think.

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Watkins... was so unlucky this weekend,

  8. pablo discobar
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    84 with Kilman to go

    Team for nxt week.

    GK Martinez
    DEF Coufal, Justin, Chilwell
    MID Jota, Salah, Son, Bruno
    FWD Werner, Vardy(c), DCL

    Subs Soucek, Mitchell, Kilman

    Obviously no City, have opted for Salah. Will decide on KDB or Aguero for their game v Fulham

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Thanks for the update.

      1. pablo discobar
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks for noticing. Not sure what I was thinking discussing fpl. Apologies.

        Mug

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          😆

  9. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Foden owners, giving him Burnley and Fulham?

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Tbh, he's not certain to start, and could provide 1pters.
      And even if he does he's not guaranteed to score.
      He is cheap value-wise but personally think there are better options.

      1. jia you (The No BS League -…
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        that's not the question though, for owners that held this long he's still a pretty tough sell considering those two fix unless can upgrade to a premium mid

        1. jia you (The No BS League -…
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          then again there is Jota, some bargain if he keeps his spot!

  10. Bennyboy1907
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 9 days ago

    2 key questions for this GW.

    A) best defender under 4.8mil
    B) Kane >>> Vardy captain (-4) worth it?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      A) Coufal imo
      B) It shoud be worth, especially if you C him.

  11. JasonG123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Martinez (Forster)
    Robbo Chilwell Masuaku (Lamptey Kilman)
    Salah (c) KDB Ziyech Grealish (Bissouma)
    DCL Richarlison Watkins

    Which move? 1FT, 1.6m ITB.

    (A) Lamptey to Cancelo
    (B) Masuaku to Cancelo
    (C) Save FT

  12. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Chance that Jota will double rise this week?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      It is real. He will rise tonite first time.

      1. KUN+10
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Before CL? ppl are mad

  13. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Kane to Vardy (c)
    Lamptey to Cancelo
    For free?

    Would give me:
    Martinez
    Robertson, Chilwell, Cancelo
    Salah, Son, Grealish, Zaha
    Vardy, DCL, Watkins
    Forster, Mitchell, Coufal, Bissouma

    1. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Yep, if you think Vardy is the best captaincy option then those moves are good imo.

  14. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Go Diogo Go

  15. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Is Fuchs nailed for the next couple of games?

  16. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Who to boot for Jota?

    A. Grealish
    B. J.Rod (have DCL)

    1. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      B

      1. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers!

  17. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Semedo to Chillwell or Cancelo? I suppose I'm a bit late on the Chillwell wagon so best to just go Cancelo for those fixtures right?

    1. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      James looks to have nailed his spot and at 5m he's the one I'm eyeing up atm

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Cancelo.

    3. AnfieldLad
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Cancelo. He plays so advanced and the fixtures are so good

  18. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Gluten for punishment me... early transfer confirmed:
    Burke to Jota

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Same. Did Podence to Jota

      1. jia you (The No BS League -…
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        🙂

  19. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Worth a -4?

    Rashford - Kane - Son —> Salah - Vardy - Kdb

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Selling two of the best performers this weekend who played the second best team in the league. Mad.

  20. FF Dirtbag
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Any ideas on what to do with this??
    1 FT and 1.7m in the bank.

    Martinez
    Reguillon Chilwell Coufal
    Fernandes Son Ziyech Grealish
    DCL Martial Kane

    Forster; Mitchell, riedewald, KWP

    Martial out to Vardy?

  21. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    GW1 15 (No Watkins)
    GW2 18
    GW3 18
    GW4 36
    GW5 6
    GW6 24
    GW7 21
    GW8 22
    GW9 4 (No Wilson)

    Combined points scored by your forwards Watkins, Bamford and Wilson if you had all three from Week 1.

    1. POTATO
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 9 days ago

      So sell Kane and buy Wilson, as I own the other two, and overspend on four midfielders plus a decent 5th for when Wilson is injured?

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Yep. Sounds like a plan.

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          I could have KDB, Bruno, Sterling and Salah in Mid-field with Bissouma as my fifth mid.

        2. POTATO
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 9 days ago

          Though it's kinda difficult to look past DCL, rather than Wilson, after GW9 results.

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            True

  22. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    What to do with the FT?

    A) Kane to Vardy (FUL)
    B) Son to KDB (BUR)

    1. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      A for me

    2. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      A

  23. W
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Hi all, catching up from today, did we learn anything about the Salah situation?
    Cheers!

    1. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Negative

      1. Wılly
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Which is positive news

        1. Wılly
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          As he will return to training and is in contention to play Atalanta

          1. W
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 9 days ago

            Aha positive news, great cheers mate!

  24. Wılly
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Martinez
    Chilwell Dallas Lewis (Lamptey* Branthwaite)
    Salah Sterling Rashford Son Jota
    Bamford DCL (Brewster)

    2FT available

    A. Sterling & Rashford > Bruno & KDB
    B. Keep Sterling, Rashford > KDB & save the other FT

  25. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Early thoughts for next week. Start one?

    A Coufal (H AVL)
    B Targett (A WHU)
    C Lewis (A CPL)

    *Already own Grealish and Watkins.

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      A

  26. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Even tho its my worst season ever iv only had one red arrow in seven gws going frm 4.2m to 1.9m

    Seems awful tough going though.

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Keep going, you are clearly doing something right.

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        He is doing something right.

        He’s posting a thousand RMTs a day. The community team will bounce back from this horrible start.

        1. camarozz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          No I havnt!! Not in a while anyway 🙂

  27. AnfieldLad
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Which looks best here:

    A) Son Kane -> Salah Vardy (-4)
    B) Son -> KDB
    C) Kane -> Vardy
    D) Kane, Soucek -> Bamford, Salah (-4)
    E) Bruno -> Salah

  28. Goooo Rickie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Jimenez & Son to Vardy & Jota?

    Finding it hard to let go of sonny but I need to afford Vardy! :/

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Hmmm, Son out is a tough one. Bang on form and more advanced than Kane at times! I’m looking at Wilson & J.Rod > Vardy & Jota though.

  29. waldo666
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    Ugh, went up 500k spots in OR yesterday, went down 700k today 🙁

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      Ouch 🙁

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Yep, real kick in the pants!

  30. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 9 days ago

    No Liv big hitter, KdB, Bruno or Chelsea (will probably do Coady to James/Chilwell with next FT) are obvious concerns but looks ok for next couple of GWs?

    Martinez
    Robertson Bellerin Coady
    Sterling Son Grealish Foden Jota
    Kane DCL
    (Forster Watkins *Lamptey Dunne)
    1.5itb

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 9 days ago

      If Salah back

      A Bruno to Salah
      B Son to Salah
      C keep Bruno and Son and leave Salah for now

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 9 days ago

        Oops should be new post! Sorry- your team looks good. You will want Salah back soon so best have plan for that. Foden to Ziyech only suggestion as he is the playmaker for Chelsea whereas Foden will get more rotation.

        1. jia you (The No BS League -…
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 9 days ago

          cheers