This coming Friday brings a fresh batch of transfers and a lot of Dream Team gaffers will have to address the Harry Kane (£7.2m) situation first and foremost.
Spurs’ talisman took knocks to both ankles against Liverpool and didn’t feature against Brighton after being removed at half-time against the defending champions.
Whispers on the grapevine suggest Kane’s injury is not as bad as some of his previous setbacks but his return date is unknown at this stage.
His ownership has already plunged by approximately 8% and will only decrease further once transfers have been replenished.
How do bosses go about replacing the only player with 200+ points in 2020/21?
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Many will instantly default to Son Heung-min (£4.9m), thinking that the South Korean superstar will surely be heavy favourite to score Spurs’ goals until Kane’s return.
While that’s probably true, we must consider how many goals Jose Mourinho’s side are likely to score at all in the absence of their centre-forward.
Across the latter half of the Liverpool game and the opening of their trip to Brighton, Spurs went 70 minutes without mustering a shot.
Tanguy Ndombele (£3.1m) has pulled his weight in terms of midfield ambition but the Frenchman can only do so much.
Kane has provided 11 assists in the league this campaign – a tally superior to all his peers – and Son has been the primary beneficiary of the Englishman’s new-found selflessness.
Without Kane to play the final ball, won’t Son be starved of service?
Man City’s perfect form suggests Raheem Sterling (£6.5m) would be a suitable replacement though that means you would have to engage in Pep Guardiola’s frustrating rotation policy.
The 26-year-old sat out City’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday but remains a first-choice player and will almost certainly start against Liverpool next weekend.
Marcus Rashford (£4.8m) is the third-best forward in Dream Team this season and is therefore a candidate to replace Kane but recent returns have been sparse.
Man United’s homegrown hero bagged ten points in a clutch showing against Liverpool in the FA Cup but he’s averaging just 1.75 points per game across his last eight fixtures.
As has often been the case in the last few years, the best answer seems to be Mohamed Salah (£6.2m).
If Kane owners don’t already have the Egyptian in their forward line then surely that’s the transfer to steer them away from diminished returns.
Liverpool’s No11 was at his lethal best against West Ham, scoring a wonderful brace to claim Star Man and start Game Week 19 with an 18-point haul.
Salah has added 34 points to his total in his last three outings to emphatically end his mini drought.
More generally, back-to-back wins have guided Liverpool out of their funk and erased a few doubts.
How can you look past an in-form Salah in a winning Liverpool side?
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