After a bit of reflection I thought I would jot down a few more thoughts on Harry Kane and double gameweek 22. Spurs supporter Joseph Crilley has also added some thoughts of his own.
A few thoughts on Harry Kane and Double Gameweek 22
I did cover this subject very briefly in my early thoughts on the FFGeek team but I thought it was worth updating these after a bit of time for reflection
Lets start with Harry Kane
Harry Kane is the most expensive player in the game. As a standalone player I struggle to believe he is currently returning at a rate to justify that price.
I’ve mentioned an article a few weeks ago I did with a very crude assessment of rating players and their value for money
Kane came out of that very poorly, unsurprisingly. However the methodology favours cheaper players and if applied strictly would leave you with £6m in the bank. You would then supplement the team with expensive captain options.
An expensive players price can be significantly mitigated if they are one of 2 or 3 you use for your captain choice as they will effectively be returning double every 2nd or 3rd game.
Harry Kane has blanked in home fixtures to Burnley, Swansea, Bournemouth and C Palace. He’s blanked away to Newcastle and Watford. These are not captain material statistics.
Furthermore, Harry Kane on points per match is 9th equal. Mustafi has a better points per match than Harry Kane. Kane’s also only returned a goal or assist in 6 of his 14 matches. That’s 43% which is inexcusable for the price. Salah is 11/15 or 73%. In his favour, Kane can score big though with 4 FPL 10 point plus hauls in those 14 games.
His underlying stats are no longer the saviour they once were. Jesus, Aguero, Lacazette, Lukaku and Salah all have goal threat stats equal or better than Kane. 4 of his last 5 games have seen lower than acceptable goal threat stats. Spurs are also stuttering as a team
An interesting example for me was Spurs goal v Watford at the weekend. I don’t recall the build up but how is it Son HM got the tap in from Trippiers cross rather than Kane?
What you’re relying on now is history and who he is rather than stats this season.
Here’s the fixtures from here to GW22
Man City (A)
Swansea (A) GW22
West Ham (H) GW22
Despite the above I personally I find it difficult to take him out even with all of the above for the next 2 games. Generally with non forced transfers I prefer a good game to exit with. Away to Man City with a defensive Burnley after that looks like the fixture to sell and unless there was some dramatic change that would be my exit point.
However for me, even forgetting the issues I have with my team, I find it difficult to justify 2 transfers to get him out and back for GW22 over such a changing period of the season with rotation and injuries. It would be 4 transfers if you wanted to do it for a midfielder.
Exploring the GW18 exit options
However taking him out at GW18 and returning for GW22 maybe an option for those more aggressive FPL managers.
The problem with this is that having the extra Kane money is great if you’re going to distribute it round you team. The problem with distributing it round will be then getting him back with just the 1 or 2 transfers.
A 3 week transfer for 1 player in the gamble that he will out score Kane is a less useful and not a long term way to use the cash.
Who would be the GW18-GW21 swap options?
I’m going to make a few assumptions first
That you have Morata, that Aguero and Jesus aren’t worth it for the rotation risk and that a midfield swap using 4 transfers isn’t feasible.
To me that leaves Lukaku with the following fixtures from GW18-GW21
West Brom (A)
And Lacazette with the following fixtures:
Crystal Palace (A)
West Brom (A)
Lacazette’s fixtures are definitely appealing. However the risk is whether he will start every game and whether in those games he will get close to 90 minutes
Thoughts on DGW22
DGW22 sees Spurs and West Ham play twice. Neither team plays in blank GW21.
Even with everything I said it’s hard to see anyone but Kane as captain in a scenario where Spurs have a double gameweek against Swansea and West Ham.
Spurs have a PL game on the 26th December and nothing after that to the double game week which is 7 days rest. Therefore I can see Kane and other selected players playing twice. There’s also the bonus that after DGW22, the next game is the FA Cup home to Wimbledon which will afford rest for those players who did play twice. The next PL game isn’t to the 13th
I will be doing everything I can to go into GW22 with 2 transfers
What other players would I consider?
For Spurs the most likely defender to play 2 games is Vertonghen who is too expensive with no attacking potential so a questionable long term acquisition. It’s possible Alli or Eriksen could be a consideration but there would need to be some serious form changes for both. The fixtures after GW22 don’t scream long term hold that’s for sure
Man Utd (H)
As for West Ham. A GK could be useful for save points. Who that will be is questionable? Adrian was outstanding against City when Hart was ineligible. Given some of the comical goalkeeping we’ve seen from Hart he could conceivably lose his place.
A reasonably cheap mid maybe possible if form improves. Lanzini £6.8m , Antonio £7.4m or Arnautovic £6.8m are possibilities. They would need form improvement and some feel for lack of rotation to be considerations but it is grasping at straws. DGWs are there to roll the dice however.
However West Ham’s fixtures from GW19 are very good so at least if you do roll the dice then you have good fixtures while trying to get them out
GW19 Newcastle (H)
GW20 Bournemouth (A)
GW22 West Brom (H)
GW22 Spurs (A)
GW23 Huddersfield (A)
GW24 Bournemouth (H)
GW25 Crystal Palace (H)
GW26 Brighton (A)
GW27 Watford (H)
What about the other chips?
The free hit chip
For me there will be a big blank gameweek coming up due to FA Cup related postponements. Te free hit will be invaluable for that week and I will hold it for that
The bench boost
Has to be held for a big DGW due to FA Cup postponements
GW22 really should be a triple captain opportunity although there should at least be 1 other chance to use it. However Kane vs Swansea and West Ham would scream it under normal circumstances. I’m certainly going in with an open mind.
What about if you still have a wildcard?
It would have to be used before the blank week in GW21. If you’ve still got it it’s hard not to see it being used then. You could use it for 4 bench players for DGW22 and then 1 extra for DGW22 itself. Plus you can reshape your team to make sure as far as you can that everyone else plays in GW21.
A few words from Spurs supporter Joseph Crilley
Thoughts have crossed my mind about removing Kane and bringing him back, especially looking at the fixture list. In 4 weeks, he faces Man City, Burnley and Southampton where as someone like Lacazette will have Newcastle, Liverpool, West Brom and Palace. So that temptation is definitely there but it’s always tough to pull the trigger on removing arguably the most lethal player in the game.
This double gameweek is certainly a curveball and will make for some intriguing decisions over the next few weeks. My initial thoughts are to not worry about this too much due to the blank week directly before.
However, the triple captain option is at the forefront of my mind. If Kane and Spurs begin to show form again then it looks a great opportunity. For me, it has everything I look for in a triple captain: two great fixtures and a top striker who is an assured starter. Kane will have a week off before the gameweek and then an FA cup match at home to Wimbledon after so it seems certain that he will start against both Swansea and West Ham.
I am very tempted because it’s not easy to picture a better scenario to use this chip. I may also look to bring in Lloris or Vertonghen as well who should be secure options in a defence that has hopefully improved by the time GW22 rolls around.
I hope that gives you some food for thought. DGW22 is still 6 gameweeks away so alot could change. Please leave any additional thoughts or challenges in the comments column. Rob Reid also touched on it in his November review article
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