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Can we rely on Spurs’ FPL assets without injured Harry Kane in the side?

Fantasy Premier League managers and Tottenham Hotspur fans alike are eagerly waiting for Harry Kane‘s (£11.1m) return from his latest ankle injury.

Watching the striker go down clutching that part of his leg has filled most of us with dread for several years now and we are already seeing some of the impact his absence has had on Jose Mourinho’s men.

At the very least, this time around, the latest news coming out of the Spurs camp does seem more positive than the last two injuries Kane suffered.

“The news is pretty good news. On the day of the Liverpool game, [we had] no idea. Then the next day we were thinking about three weeks, something like that. I do not want to be super optimistic but Harry is optimistic. He has the experience of some injuries in ankles and in Harry’s mind it is a couple of weeks, so let’s see if he is right.”

Jose Mourinho

However, even the most hopeful of Fantasy managers and Spurs fans don’t expect to see Kane back for at least another couple of FPL Gameweeks. The Spurs chatter suggests that the Manchester City game in Gameweek 24 might be the first time we see Kane pull on that trusty number 10 jersey again.

Either way, we cannot rely on him in the short-term but the question on many a Fantasy manager’s lips is what his absence means for his colleagues, especially the highly-popular and capable asset Son Heung-min (£9.7m).

Spurs without Kane in the past

Which FPL forward should we choose to replace Harry Kane?

Many of you will remember this sort of injury has happened before with Kane. On New Year’s Day at Southampton last season, he was substituted with ankle pain and did not return to Spurs’ first-team for 90 days.

It was only due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that he saw any further action at the end of 2019/20, making it back for Spurs’ first game of Project Restart against Manchester United.

Back in April 2019, Kane was out for 51 days with a ligament injury. In January 2019 he missed 40 days with an ankle injury. In March 2018 he missed 20 days with another ankle injury and in the 2016/17 season missed 73 days in total as a result of an ankle injury.

So we do have plenty of data to draw on when Spurs don’t have Kane although some of the circumstances have changed since his previous injury.

Spurs without Kane in 2019

CompetitionOppositionScorelineGoalsAssists
FA Cup
(3rd round)
Middlesborough (a)1-1 (D)MouraAurier
PLLiverpool (h)0-1 (L)
FA Cup
(3rd round R)
Middlesborough (h)2-1 (W)Lo Celso
Lamela
PLWatford (a)0-0 (D)
PLNorwich (h)2-1 (W)Dele
Son
Aurier
Dele
FA Cup
(4th round)
Southampton (a)1-1 (D)SonLamela
PLManchester City (h)2-0 (W)Bergwijn
Son
Moura
Ndombele
FA Cup
(4th round R)
Southampton (h)3-2 (W)Stephens (OG)
Son (pen)
Moura
Ndombele
Dele
PLAston Villa (a)3-2 (W)Alderweireld
Son (x2) (pen)
Bergwijn
Dier
UEFA CLLeipzig (h)0-1 (L)
PLChelsea (a)2-1 (L)Rudiger (OG)Lamela
PLWolves (a)2-3 (L)Bergwijn
Aurier
Aurier
Dele
FA Cup
(5th round)
Norwich1-1 (D)VertonghenLo Celso
PLBurnley1-1 (D)Dele (pen)Lamela

All Spurs fans will tell you how important Kane is to the success of the Spurs’ team.

However, back in the 2019/20 season it was maybe less concerning than it is right now. While Kane’s absence was felt, there were enough big performances and goal involvements from the rest of the side that Spurs continued to do well without him.

When you look at the games Kane missed in all competitions between January and Project Restart, the rest of the Spurs squad chipped in with their fair share of goal involvements.

  • Dele Alli (7.4m) provided two goals and three assists
  • Lucas Moura (6.6m) two goals, one assist
  • Eric Lamela (5.7m) one goal, three assists
  • Giovani Lo Celso (6.9m) one goal, one assist
  • Heung-Min Son (9.7m) six goals
  • Steven Bergwijn (7.0m) two goals, one assist
  • Tanguy Ndombele (5.9m) two assists

Even the defenders contributed with two goals and four assists between them.

However, since Kane left the field at half time against Liverpool in Gameweek 20, Spurs have failed to score. This, in part, should not be, and is not unexpected.

Over the course of the 2019/20 season the Kane was, not unexpectedly, Spurs’ top goal scorer however his team mates contributed too:

  • Kane – 24 goals in all competitions
  • Son – 18 goals in all competitions
  • Dele – 9 goals in all competitions
  • Moura – 7 goals in all competitions
  • Bergwijn – 3 goals in all competitions
  • Alderweireld – 2 goals in all competitions

However, over the course of the 2020/21 season so far the rest of the Spurs team have contributed far less to the number of goals the team have scored.

While Son and Kane are both on target to beat their goal totals from last season with 16 and 19 goals (in all competitions) respectively, they are providing 58% of the goals in all competitions and this increases to 70% of Premier League goals scored this season.

With Ndombele and Aurier the only other Spurs players to register more than one goal this season, Kane missing from the Spurs starting XI is likely to be a lot more costly this season than it was last. Furthermore, when you couple the loss of his assists as well, Spurs are decidedly short in attack without him.

Spurs without Kane in Gameweek 21

This is a massive worry for Son owners.

Son was the second-most transferred-out player ahead of Gameweek 22 with 276,748 managers saying goodbye to FPL’s third-highest point-scorer. At the time of writing, only Kane has been sold by more Fantasy managers.

With a tough match at home to Chelsea in Gameweek 21, followed by West Brom and then Manchester City, more Son sales look inevitable unless Mourinho can find the right balance for his Kane-free side.

During the second half of the Brighton game, things did improve for Spurs when Carlos Vinicius (6.9m) was introduced. The benefit of a target man in the Spurs side was noticeable with improvements.

When asked about the change from Gareth Bale (9.3m) for Vinicius after the match Mourinho said:

“I don’t like to individualise. We tried to start with a team who can try to give Son the same dynamic that he’s used to. There’s no replacement for Harry but we tried to give him that with Bale coming into his position to connect with Son, but we were not successful. But I’m not speaking about Bale, I’m speaking about us. In the second half, Vinicius is a different player. We tried to change the direction of the game. Vinicius as a target point brought us energy and he had a great shot with a great save from Sanchez. The reality is that the team improved.”

Jose Mourinho

While Spurs without Kane does the exact opposite of making Fantasy managers hearts flutter, the last half an hour of Gameweek 21 suggested that Spurs might just have enough about them to survive this latest injury blow.

The Gameweek 22 match against Chelsea will be a different prospect to Brighton. With Spurs and Chelsea playing out a 0-0 draw in the reverse of this fixture earlier on in the season, coupled with Son only managing two gaols in 10 games vs Chelsea, I am not expecting Son to return big for his owners this week.

But with the prospect of Kane returning sooner than originally feared I will be holding him, especially ahead of the West Brom game in Gameweek 23.

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752 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Those with double City def + gundo

    Are you starting all 3 v pool?

    Or double def bench gundo or 1 def and gundo

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Currently playing Cancelo and benching Stones, might bench Gundo too but that depends on my transfer.

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Starting both city defenders, removing Robbo for Shaw/AWB, will start Salah and Gundo though of course

    3. One Touch Please
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Starting one D and swapping gund for grealish with one of my 2FT

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Actually this isn’t a bad idea, gave me a thought to consider cheers

      2. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        What if they have dgw in gw24 - would you bring Gundo back or someone else

        1. One Touch Please
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Will get back up to 3 City for their DGW. Who will depend on pep roulette, kdb return, etc.

          So many good options for cheap that points lost on one can be gained from another

    4. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Going to play Cancelo and bench the other 2

    5. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Currently playing Cancelo, benching Stones and Gundo - playing Watkins ahead of Gundo

    6. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Ill bench Stones I think

    7. Il Capitano
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I've got Lowton, Justin and Coufal with decent fixtures next week. Think I'll only bench Stones though.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Nice cross section of decisions here, gl all!

      • Boly Would
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Starting both def (Dias and Stones), undecided on Gundo - depends on my fwd transfer

      • Hiddenpaw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I’m playing all three and hoping Salah Mane are not fit. This sounds like a bad plan.

    8. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      First outing of the season for my triple city defence. Exciting stuff.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Welcome to points in the bag before a ball has been kicked 🙂

        1. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Don't jinx it!

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Haha! Hoping not to, but a cleanie does look very much on the cards

    9. ZEZIMA
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Ahh I come online and see that the non Salah owners are back again with their weekly injury rumours. Very strange individuals. Basement dwellers. Terrified of female interaction too I imagine. I will be reporting all of these posts.

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        OSRS fan :O

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Those were the days mate :p

      2. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        No, they're ok with limited female interaction as they all live at home with their mum, but I get your point.

      3. Kane and Ablett
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I was tempted for weeks having been double since before Christmas but feared a cancellation, now it’s Liverpool next then Kane’s return for Spurs...

        • faux_C
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Would bring in Fernandes cap for me, so yes please!

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          You just described Fudgy...

      4. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Have a feeling Burnley will score tonight

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Same here

        2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Hopefully. I only have one city defender.

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          They definitely will

      5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Double question!

        Play one:
        A) Meslier (CRY)
        B) Martinez (ARS)

        Robbo > AWB
        1) Yay
        2) Nay

        1. soumyeah
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Martinez, nay

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers

      6. Nimby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        B2

        1. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Actually, B1

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers

      7. soumyeah
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Dying weekly on Mt. Foden

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Me too gone this week I reckon

        2. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yea - Foden to Saka, or Barnes if I find 50p behind the sofa cushion.

          1. soumyeah
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            cue him starting and exploding the moment we move on

      8. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Salah sighted 15 mins ago in ASDA buying Pringles (salt & vinegar), large bag of Revels, 2 litre bottle of Irn Bru and a copy of Women’s Own .... definitely not playing tonight.

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Source?

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              😆

            2. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Photo taken whilst he pondered his purchases ...

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Wife’s definitely cheated on him then.

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

        Martinez
        Cancelo stones dallas
        Salah Bruno gundo son grealish
        Antonio dcl

        Subs Meslier, Bamford, coufal, Mitchell
        3.4m itb 2ft. I don't want to lose a ft but I can't think of any moves I should make. Help please:)??

        1. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          If you've still got BB, upgrade Mitchell

          1. RamboRN
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            No bb left 🙁

          2. One Touch Please
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Yup. Aim for a villa, burnley or *gulp* saints

      10. Tommie
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        If salah don't play i get Fernando's vc points lol

        1. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          So does everyone else 🙂

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Whoops

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Not everyone though

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Torres?

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          So does everyone else.

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I went Stones(c)...

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              *(vc)

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Best of luck then. Got him.

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

          Cancelo (VC). I even switched from Fernandes (VC) :S

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Me too on both counts. Doh

      11. BeWater
          3 months, 11 days ago

          The only saving grace with owning Mitrovic was that, when I sold him, I didn't have to worry for one second about getting punished by him.

          1. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I think I saw Mitrovic in a movie called "Taken"

            He may not punish you in FPL, but he could kidnap a loved-one and sell them to a Old Saudi Oligarch

            1. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Don't associate Serbs with Albanians, thank you!

            2. JohnnyRev7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              It was Liam Neeson:

              "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

              Never, ever, mess with a Daddy and his Daughter.

        • Plagued by indecision
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Phew - Gundo, Stones and Cancelo all start, and Justin (who I have benched) as further insurance against Bednarek coming on as third sub.

          Now just hope Salah(c) starts... please, please, please. 18/21 captain fails this season.

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            What do you class as a captain fail? No more than 10 points?

            1. Plagued by indecision
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I think anything in single digits (x2) is a fail, though at a push 9 (i.e. a striker goal and 3 bonus) I would settle for.

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                8 points from your captain isn’t a fail either tbh. A goal is a goal. Literally impossible to have double digits each week from your cap. Also depends on how other popular choices did.

              2. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                What do you call 1 assist from your last 10 captain picks?

                1. Plagued by indecision
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  a twin

          2. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            A fail is less than 4 points I think.

            1. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Anything that includes a goal, assist or defensive points I’d say, although Laca’s 4 point ‘haul’ would’ve been stretching it

        • NejiHyuuga01
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Answering to people referring to Twitter account rumours saying ''There is a chance Salah could be benched'' , just know there is always the chance that we get hit by a gigantic meteorite and I haven't even used my chips yet.

        • UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Sooooo hoping for a Salah no show

          1. Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            The Pharoah NEEDS a Rest!

            Or

            Hopefully the Refs go crazy with Red Cards and Penalties to give Pool a shambolic 10-0 victory.

            Southampton was shamefully sacked by VAR and Refs yesterday. They even added injury time to a 8-0 game! They gave a dodgy PK and Red in a 7-0 game! They took away a goal because Che Adams has slightly longer fingernails than the MU defender, with Adams' feet clearly planted On-Side.

        • wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Gundogan benchers unite!!

          1. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            and pray!

          2. Joey Tribbiani
              3 months, 11 days ago

              what?!

          3. hullcityfan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            How funny would it be if Salah scored a hat trick now.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              It’s funny, I want a no show but actually do feel a hat trick could happen if he starts from the off

            2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              More a relief if anything. His EO is through the roof.

          4. fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Why are there Salah benching or missing rumors every fecking time I own him. Sick of it. Not a single rumor when he braced last week.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Because most have Bruno as vice captain and want him to come one. Then the metamorphosis begins.

              1. JohnnyRev7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                But it's the reverse on FFS compared to the beauty of the natural world:

                Caterpillar ---> Chrysalis ---> Butterfly

                On here it's:

                Sensible comments ---> Self entitled ---> Troll

          5. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Let's hope this theory about Gundo being less effective when a proper striker starts compared to a false 9 better be proved wrong tonight!

            1. Earwicker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I am concerned that Mahrez is starting. That front three could hoover up all the available points.

            2. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I'm not convinced. He was still making runs and arriving in box late last games, just worked out that the passes didn't find him ... that time. Same so far this 1st half, looking to get in box plenty with a striker in front

          6. fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Raheem you worthless turd. Repair some of the damage you've already done please.

          7. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Salah is out means out on the pitch warming up?

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              He’ll be exhausted by the time the game starts.

              1. CRO KLOPP
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Will be rested then

          8. afcblegend
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Love the ridiculous US pharma (side effects may include) commercials when I watch on NBCSN

            1. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Gulp...we Americans are hoping the rest of the world does not see that 75% of the nation is...

              Herpes Infected

              Schizophrenics

              Erectile Dysfunctional

              and with

              General neurotics with deep psychiatrics needs.

              But this is generally the educated, upper middle class folks that deep seeded crazy and twisted. Working folks are too busy to be crazy.

          9. Ohh1454
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Wilson > bamford a good move ?

            1. Nimby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I'd give Wilson the Southampton game.

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              No I’d leave it for now.

          10. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Petition to bring Anfield Express back

          11. Kane and Ablett
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Gundo (c) looks up for it tonight....what a focused specimen, I just hope he doesn’t get hauled off at half time like Shaw last night ....who appears less committed to his mind and body

            • Isco Disco
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Omg! JUSTINNNNNNNN
              I know I’m a lil late to the party but I just saw that he scored a beautiful goal.
              Get inn my boi! He’s one of the only 3 players I haven’t transferred since it since GW 1

            • gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Robertson get out of my team. Waste of money!