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GW9 Lessons learned: Kane ends Fantasy doubts

The Scout 23 Oct 2017
Harry Kane, Spurs

Managers reacting in the market after Spurs striker's first home goals of season take him top of overall standings

Harry Kane’s (£12.7m) 16-point return in Gameweek 9 may finally win the trust of Fantasy Premier League managers.

The Spurs striker went into Sunday’s match with Liverpool having lost 133,000+ owners.

His form at Wembley Stadium was a likely factor in that decision.

Kane had failed to score or assist in four home matches before the weekend victory.

Indeed, Spurs appeared to be struggling to adapt to their temporary home, scoring only two goals prior to the 4-1 win.

Best in FPL?

But Kane now sits on top of the FPL standings on 63 points.

His underlying statistics are outstanding. 

He has had 57 shots, 38 coming from inside the penalty area. 

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m), by comparison, has had 34 shots and 28 from inside the penalty area.

This Kane superiority is highlighted by the ICT Threat standings. Kane is on 728.0, some distance ahead of Lukaku's 497.0.

Remarkably, Kane’s goal threat appears to have improved this season.

He scored 29 goals to win a second Golden Boot in 2016/17, firing a shot every 23.0 minutes. That trailed the 21.2 minutes in his 2015/16 campaign, which produced 25 goals.

This season Kane is shooting every 13.9 minutes.

How the market's reacting

FPL managers have already reacted to Sunday’s performance.

More than 65,000 have swooped for Kane ahead of Gameweek 10, 57,000 arriving in the past 24 hours.

An away fixture at Manchester United and a head-to-head with Lukaku may well temper investment; Jose Mourinho’s rearguard are yet to concede at Old Trafford.

But Spurs have scored more goals (12) than any other side in away matches, with Kane supplying six.

Man Utd also have injury concerns with both Phil Jones (£5.3m) and Eric Bailly (£6.1m) doubtful.

FPL managers have already paid the price for overlooking Kane. It would be brave to doubt his ability to deliver yet again in Gameweek 10.

See: Pochettino – 'Everything pleased me'

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