Spurs 3-3 West Ham
- Buts: Son Heung-min (9,3 M £), Harry Kane x2 (10,7 M £) | Fabian Balbuena (4,4 M £), Manuel Lanzini (6,4 M £)
- Own goals: Davinson Sánchez (£ 5.4million)
- Aide: Kane, son, Sergio Reguilón (£ 5.5m) | Aaron Cresswell (£ 4.9million), Vladimir Coufal (£ 4.5million)
- Points bonus: Kane x3, Son x2, Cresswell x1
The new KaneHarry Kane (£ 10.7million) is back… but not as we know it. Fantasy Premier League managers have been waiting for this day for some time, and many of them finally got what they wanted: a Kane capable of blowing up almost every week.
Against West Ham, the Spurs forward delivered once again, registering three more offensive returns, posting a third double-digit goal in five games and now heading to Gameweek 6 as the best Fantasy score with 60 points.
That massive loot is made up of five goals and seven assists, which means Kane has already tied his personal best for Premier League assists, putting in seven in the 2016/17 and 2014/15 campaigns respectively.
One of the main reasons for the player’s resurgence this season is that Jose Mourinho has finally found a way to build the Spurs squad around Kane’s altered role in recent years.
Rather than trying to force him back into the more traditional number nine we once knew, Mourinho is making the most of Kane’s drop in midfield. However, the term premium is not only deep, as we have often seen in recent years. In 2020/21, his success has come in balancing the two areas of his game, knowing the right times to fall and when to step forward to attack space.
Kane now knows the best time to move to midfield is when the space is opened up by the opposition and, as we saw for Spurs’ opening goal on Sunday, this is often combined with well-timed runs by Son Heung-min (£ 9.3million) on the left and whoever occupies the right flank.
Spurs’ third goal against West Ham was a classic example of Kane knowing when to terrorize defenses, taking off the back of a briefing Angelo Ogbonna (£ 4.9million) to go beyond Lukasz Fabiański (£ 5m) from Sergio ReguilonCross (£ 5.5million).
MOVE WITH THE CROWD
It would appear that more seasoned managers are starting to score on Kane’s Fantasy credentials much earlier than the rest of the world – it’s worth knowing for anyone trying to make their way through the overall rankings or avoid the red arrow swing of an efficient. property ax.
While His seat in 46.8% of teams, just behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£ 7.7million), only 32% own Kane at this point. That’s despite the Spurs man scoring 17 more points than the Everton forward.
Meanwhile, as you can see in LiveFPL.net’s captaincy analysis for Gameweek 5, Son was the most popular skipper with a 17.9% share, while Kane had to settle for second support on higher (16.9%).
However, when we consider the managers who entered Gameweek 5 as the first 10,000, Kane’s armband mastery was much more meaningful.
47.6% of those bosses were captain of the premium striker, compared to just 20.8% support for Mohamed Salah (£ 12.3m) and 16.4% for Son. Numbers like this followed Kane had the highest beneficial ownership among the top 10k for Gameweek 5 (118.4%), a mantle he might hold onto for Gameweek 6 as the game’s best player and a trip to Burnley. .
West Ham Defense
It must be said that Kane and his teammates were certainly helped by poor defense during Gameweek 5, although much of it was only during the first 20 minutes.
During this period, hammers were everywhere in the back. After moving to a back-five, there was no communication in the opening trades and it was often difficult to know who was picking up which attackers.
This led to very little pressure on the ball, leaving more time for Kane, Son and Reguilón to create the three chances that led to the goals.
While this period may have encouraged those looking for Manchester City and Liverpool assets for Gameweek captains 6 and 7 respectively, it’s interesting that West Ham was much harder to break after slipping into the initial deficit of 3-0.
They have weathered the storm of their difficult game since the start of the campaign much better than expected, especially compared to the rest of the Premier League.
Between Gameweeks 1 and 4, their expected goals conceded score (xGC) was just 3.71 after facing Newcastle, Arsenal, Wolves and Leicester. It was the fourth best in the Premier League during this period and the second lowest of any team having made four appearances.
Even after conceding three goals to Spurs, their 5.40 xGC was still in the top three in the division heading into Monday night’s games, although among the teams that played last night, only Burnley boasted of a better score anyway.
Aaron Cresswell (£ 4.9million) will certainly end up on more and more fantasy radars as West Ham’s swing approaches in Gameweek 8. Between then and 13, David Moyes’ men will take on Fulham (at home), Sheffield United (away), Aston Villa (home) and Leeds (home).
And against Wolves, Leicester and Spurs, Cresswell recorded a clean sheet and three assists, averaging nine points per game during that span.
The new Sergio
Reguilón is slowly emerging as Spurs’ eye-catching defender, winning an assist in his second successive start at left-back, while the most expensive Matt Doherty (£ 5.8million) has missed each of the last two games for Serge Aurier (5,2 M £)
Reguilón has been a persistent scorer in his two Premier League outings so far. Although he’s only played 180 minutes compared to the rest of the squad, his five key assists this season are the best of any Spurs defender and behind only Son (16) and Kane (13).
However, the clean sheets continue to prove elusive for Mourinho’s men as they managed to cede a 3-0 lead in the final 10 minutes of Sunday’s London derby.
It was a fair reward for West Ham, who had shown perseverance, especially in the second half and ended the match with more shots (13-11) and more shots in the box (10-5) than their hosts. .
This means Spurs are still without a clean sheet since last season’s 37+ week of play and have scored eight goals since then, 1.6 per game.
Even though that seemed settled at first, the center-back pair under Mourinho remains complicated for Fantasy managers and could be the only thing that could temper further investment in Reguilón.
Eric Dier (£ 5.0m) missed for the first time with a hamstring injury, allowing Toby Alderweireld (£ 5.4million) to make his first start since Gameweek 1, this time alongside Davinson Sanchez (£ 5.4million). It was actually the center-back pair used the last time Spurs kept a clean sheet in the Premier League, although it didn’t work out on Sunday with the Colombian scoring an own goal.
Meanwhile, after five games, Spurs’ xGC of 7.18 remains in the last seven so far this season. However, they face Burnley (away), Brighton (home) and West Brom (home) ahead of Gameweek 8.
Is it Bale time?
After much fanfare, Gareth Bale (£ 9.5million) eventually made a reappearance in the Spurs squad, this time replacing the 72nd minute for Steven Bergwijn (7,1 M £).
Son’s incredible performance so far this season has largely pushed the Real Madrid man to the periphery of the fantasy radar, but managers would do well to keep an eye on him in the weeks to come.
As the South Korean’s price rises rapidly alongside Bale’s (now £ 9.3 million to £ 9.5million), the latter may find itself less overlooked in the interests of value.
And if his 18-minute spell against West Ham is anything to say, the Welshman is sure to end up in goal this season.
Stationed to the right side of the Spurs attacking midfielder, Bale bonded well with Kane and was played for what seemed like a certain goal in the playoffs.
We’ll also have to keep an eye out for Bale’s impact on key assets around him and whether or not he could decrease the amount of possession Son sees. Against West Ham, both players had the same 1.6 minutes per touch figure.
Finally, an update on Michail Antonio (£ 6.3million), whose 76th-minute substitution ensured he was not involved in any of West Ham’s return goals.
It was his first white away from home this season and the forward can certainly consider himself unhappy that he only scored one point, as he had more touches in the penalty area than any other player. on the field (10) and was the top for shots. in the box too.
Moyes revealed after the game that Antonio had a tight hamstring and that the substitution was largely preemptive.
“Michail had a tight hamstring and I didn’t want to take any chances at that point, so I changed him. – Moyes David
While Antonio’s owners will have to wait until the next press conference before making a final decision, his chances of a start-up ahead were further bolstered by the latest news on Sebastien Haller (£ 6.2million), West Ham’s only other recognized striker, who missed Spurs’ game with a blow.
“We were quite short, Seb Haller was injured in training yesterday. – Moyes David
Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Reguilón, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Højbjerg, Sissoko; Son (Moura 80 ′), Ndombèlé (Winks 73 ′), Bergwijn (Bale 72 ′); Kane.
West Ham United XI (5-4-1): Fabiański; Masuaku (Snodgrass 90 ′), Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Coufal; Fornals (Lanzini 77 ′), Rice, Souček, Bowen; Antonio (Yarmolenko 77 ′).
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