Gameweek 9: Team Review | Kane Breaks Wembley Hoodoo
Posted by FFPundits
7:55pm Oct 24 2017
A huge haul from Harry Kane produced green arrows for Gameweek 10
That’s right FPL bosses – the Wembley curse has now been lifted, as Harry Kane smashes home a brace, 1 assist and 3 bonus points in Gameweek 10.
We’re gutted we didn’t captain Kane – instead, we awarded the captains armband to Manchester United Romelu Lukaku, who managed only 1 assist, leaving us with 10 points from the Belgian..
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Gameweek 9 Points: 55
Newcastle secured a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, earning clean sheet points for Rob Elliot, with a cheeky bonus point thrown in, with Roy Hodgson’s Palace failing to register a single attempt on goal.
Cedric Soares continued to bring in the clean sheet points, as Southampton narrowly edged a 1-0 win over West Brom, thanks to Sofiane Boufal’s late goal.
The Baggies didn’t cause too much threat during the game, mustering up just 2 shots on target, which were both comfortably dealt with by Fraser Forster.
There was bad news for Phil Jones, however, as he suffered a thigh injury in the 23rd minute of Man Utd’s game against Huddersfield, seeing just a 1 point return.
The injury proved costly for United too, with Victor Lindelof looking far from impressive as Jones’ replacement.
Huddersfield scored twice from just 3 shots on target and both goals came from big defensive errors made by Jose Mourinho’s side.
Finally in defence, Swansea suffered a 2-1 defeat to Leicester, which saw just a 1 point return for Kyle Naughton. They conceded a total of 6 shots on target to Leicester, which is as many as they’d conceded in the previous 2 games combined.
It was a poor showing in midfield this week, starting with Tom Carroll’s 2 point return against Leicester. He took a total of 3 attempts on goal but failed to find the target and neither of his 2 attempted assists resulted in a teammate scoring.
With Raheem Sterling being rotated for Man City’s game with Burnley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek came into the team.
He started on the bench after missing the last two games, and was afforded just a 13-minute cameo in the end. He did register an attempt on goal during that time, but it wasn’t on target.
Spurs made light work of their fixture against Liverpool, putting 4 goals past The Reds. Christian Eriksen, however, failed to pick up FPL returns; providing just 2 attempted assists and 1 shot, which was off target.
Even more worryingly, he didn’t take many set pieces during the game, with Kieran Trippier providing the corners and indirect free kicks.
Mohamed Salah earned Liverpool a consolation goal during the game, picking up 7 FPL points. The Egyptian registered 3 shots on target in Gameweek 9; only Aaron Ramsey (5) managed more amongst midfielders.
It was tough for Man Utd to come back from their early defensive errors against Huddersfield, which limited Romelu Lukaku’s FPL returns.
He forced a save from the goalkeeper on one occasion and provided a fantastic cross for Marcus Rashford’s goal, which earned him 10 points as our captain.
But it was agonising to watch Harry Kane run riot against Liverpool and punish us for not trusting him with captain’s armband.
The Spurs forward finally got off the mark at Wembley in the Premier League, returning 2 goals and 1 assist.
Ironically, whilst we’re used to seeing Kane’s underlying stats show incredible promise and misfortune, on this occasion, he actually scored with his only 2 efforts on goal, and set up a goal with his only attempted assist.
Finally, Jamie Vardy looked bright for Leicester, during their win over Swansea but failed to provide FPL returns.
He took 2 shots on target; one of which was defined by Opta as a ‘big chance’ and also provided 2 attempted assists.
So, it looks like Vardy has once again been boosted by the sacking of a manager, and hopefully we’ll see that translate into FPL points in the near future.
Overall Points: 497
A score of 55 points is narrowly above average but although it sees us move up slightly in rank with a small green arrow, it certainly feels like a red arrow, having got the captaincy decision wrong in a week where Harry Kane went big!
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