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Kane adds to FPL forward options

The Scout 7 Nov 2016
Arsenal v Spurs

Spurs striker returns with a goal to offer a new big-hitting option in attack

The Bonus Points 

Mousa Dembele (£5.4m) earned the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Sunday’s north London derby at the Emirates.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder scored 29 in the Bonus Points System, with a typically influential performance against Arsenal.

Awarded the assist for the visitors’ second-half spot-kick, Dembele completed 89% of his 47 attempted passes and six dribbles.

He also registered three successful tackles, seven recoveries and four clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) to help extend Spurs’ unbeaten run to 11 Gameweeks.

Harry Kane (£10.7m) collected two bonus points after converting a penalty in the 1-1 draw.

Handed a first start since Gameweek 5 after recovering from an ankle injury, the forward scored 26 in the BPS.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka (£5.2m) picked up a single bonus point, with a BPS total of 22.

The tenacious midfielder made 10 recoveries, three successful tackles and four CBI. He also completed 81% of his 44 attempted passes.

The ICT Index

Arsenal pair Mesut Ozil (£9.6m) and Alexis Sanchez (£11.4m) clinched the top two spots in the ICT Index, scoring 10.6 and 8.8 respectively.

Awarded an FPL assist for Kevin Wimmer’s (£4.6m) own goal, Ozil created five scoring opportunities and made more successful passes in the final third (24) than any other player in Sunday's match.

The Germany international also produced eight touches inside the Spurs box and fired two attempts on goal.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Alexis Sanchez mustered just two efforts on goal from range and has failed to score in five of six home matches

Sanchez laid on four goalscoring opportunities, though his own two efforts were both from distance and off target.

Danny Rose (£5.9m) scored 8.0 in the ICT Index to claim third spot.

The defender created four chances from a left wing-back berth, completing three of his five attempted crosses.

The Scout Notes

Owned by only 5% of Fantasy Premier League managers, Kane’s return to action is perfectly timed to potentially shake up established three-man frontlines.

The Spurs forward has now netted in each of his last three Premier League appearances.

Up next, he can look forward to four home matches in the next seven Gameweeks, with West Ham United, Swansea City, Hull City and Burnley all visiting White Hart Lane. 

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane has four home matches in the next seven Gameweeks, with his 5% ownership set to rise

With Dele Alli (£8.2m) ruled out due to a knee injury, Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to trial a 3-5-2 allowed Son Heung-min (£7.3m) to start alongside Kane up front.

But the South Korean failed to register a single attempt and has now dropped £0.4 in price since Gameweek 9; he is without a goal in five Premier League outings.

The Spurs manager will need to monitor the fitness of Kyle Walker (£6.1m), who was forced off towards the end of the second half. Owned by 37.7% of FPL managers, Walker is the most popular defender in the game.

Kyle Walker, Spurs
Kyle Walker is the top-owned FPL defender but could be a doubt for Gameweek 12 having been withdrawn with a knock

Subject to more transfers out (297,529) than any player in Gameweek 11, Theo Walcott (£7.8m) returned to the Arsenal first XI after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Replaced on 70 minutes, there are still question marks over Walcott’s pitch time in the light of Arsene Wenger's plentiful attacking options.

Sanchez drew a blank and has now scored just once in five Premier League matches on home turf.

He was handed the Gunners’ lone striker role once again, though the introduction of Olivier Giroud (£8.8m) on 69 minutes required the Chilean to shift to a position on the flank.

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