If there has ever been an early transfer week, this might be the one. Aguero four-match ban spurred us all to prompt action, with Euro games still ahead. Have you chosen rightly? Kane, Costa, Ibrahimovic, Defoe, Austin (ouch!), Iheanacho… – the competition was fierce, and the favourite choice, added to more than quarter of a million teams, is dissected by Van.
Harry Kane (FOR), Tottenham, £11.1m
The most transferred in player this week was Harry Kane, closely followed by the red hot Chilean Alexis Sanchez (just rolls off the tongue that one) who might still overtake the English striker come Saturday’s deadline. Resembling “Black Thursday” way back in 1929 football forums all across the globe were screaming “sell, sell, sell!” last Saturday as fantasy darling Aguero finally had enough and lashed out at David Luiz (who? me? I did nothing at all..) as payback for, well, being Brazilian mainly.
The direct beneficiary of said stock-market sentiment was Harry Kane who, luckily for the trigger happy amongst us, shipped 2 goals at poor Swans only a short while later that afternoon vindicating the transfer. Scoring midweek against listless CSKA Kane is now on 7 goals from 6 matches since his return from injury. The skeptics and mild nay-sayers between us (that would be me at least) would say that 6 of those were either penalties or tap-ins while the only ‘proper’ goal came only due to H.M. Son’s exaggerated sense of magnanimity and desire for changing room harmony.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) December 8, 2016
The weekend fixture does not bode terribly well for a torrent of Kane goals but who knows which United team will show up after their own northern escapade. Speaking of, Kane did play well against the Moscow, providing not only his customary tap-in goal but also spraying some useful passes that should have become assists had Alli and Eriksen not been so wasteful in front of goal. But it’s not all doom and gloom for Kane owners and lilywhite fans; the upturn of Eriksen’s performances and form (arguably the best player midweek at Wembley) bodes well for the future prospects of goals.
It seems the Dane has finally decided to rejoin the rest of his team and start to actually play football (is that what it’s called this thing I do?), and after weeks of meandering in the virtual desert of the centre circle Eriksen is now showing signs of his true potential being the glue that connects and the visionary that creates. In addition, with two of the league’s best fullbacks in Rose and Walker, the return of Alderweireld (a collective sigh of relief could be heard all the way up the north circular), the engine that never stops in Wanyama and Alli, when and if he decides to grow up the Hurricane might still equal or even eclipse his own lofty heights of last season.