FPL Gameweek 16: Why dropping Harry Kane wouldn’t be a bad idea

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

FPL talisman Harry Kane is owned by a quarter of managers.

Tottenham Hotspur have only won two out of their last five matches. It would seem, from an FPL perspective, that Antonio Conte’s men are beginning to feel the wrath of the busy Premier League period. Even the two games they have won, Spurs have only narrowed past their opponents and not looked too convincing – albeit they got the job done.

It is no surprise, as Conte likes to name a consistent starting XI if possible. One of the players who will certainly start if he is fit is Harry Kane and it’s shown this season. The striker is performing expertly well in FPL this season, generating the second highest points tally for his position, only topped by the premium Haaland.

Against Nottingham Forest in midweek, a game which the North London side lost, Harry Kane was removed on the hour, shortly after Jesse Lingard scored Forest’s double – I won’t even mention the dance move he performed after scoring.

The point being that Kane is clearly fatigued. He is a player who likes to play every minute if possible, but it is not possible. With the World Cup shortly approaching after this gameweek, Kane may have his eyes elsewhere as Tottenham play their final match before the break.

In many ways, it is a good sign that Kane did not play the full ninety in the cup. Furthermore, it would be a bizarre choice for Conte to bench Kane, after all he owes no loyalties or favours to Gareth Southgate. Kane will almost certainly play in gameweek 16, but whether he can overcome his fatigue is a different matter.

Ivan Toney will return from his hiatus this gameweek, so he is an option to consider. This would be a daring move, though, as the England international will be facing Manchester City. Perhaps he would like to prove a point to Southgate, though, after not being selected.

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Will you be selecting Harry Kane in your gameweek 16 FPL team?