Differential of the Week – Harry Kane

Rey (@rey_qur) picks the asset (under 10% TSB) that FPL Managers should strongly consider for Gameweek 11 and beyond. Who is this person? It’s…

Harry Edward Kane

We will not be looking at Kane’s statistics, movement or eye-test observations as quite frankly; he has not performed well (besides from the Newcastle game).

The reason I feel Kane is a player we should be considering is because of new manager Antonio Conte.

Conte has previously discussed how he sees Kane being most effective during his time as a EURO 2020 pundit.

He said: “Many praise Harry Kane for his ability to go get the ball and play with the team, such as with the equaliser against Denmark, of course, he’s good at that too, but it’s in the box where he’s clinical and as a coach, I would always keep him in there because he’s devastating.”

Conte may use Kane as the key attacking protagonist, such as he did with Costa (Chelsea) and Lukaku (Inter Milan) respectively.

Federico Pastorello, agent of Lukaku recently shared:

“Two years of work with Mr Conte helped him. He can score left, right, head. He has completed himself as a striker working with Mr Conte. He also had the opportunity to improve himself personally”

These quotes strengthen my belief that Kane will start to show his quality as he has a manager that:

  • Demands respect and high work ethic
  • Has a track record of recent major trophies
  • Bring the glory Kane craves
  • Make Kane a more complete striker

Another major aspect that Kane may think about is this may not be the only time Conte is his coach. The Italian is highly sought after with his successes in Italy and previously with Chelsea.

Yet he only spent 2 seasons in his previous 2 managerial positions…

Thus, I do not feel Conte will be the manager of Spurs for more than 2-3 seasons before possibly going to one of the elite clubs – therefore Kane should have the mentality of impressing Conte for possible collaboration in the future.

Moving on, the possible formations could well be a 3-4-3.

There are possibilities of Kane being the spear with the wide forwards and the overlapping wing-backs.

This system would also allow the flexibility of Kane dropping deep to create opportunities, thus the wide attackers becoming inside forwards.

However, with Conte stating he’d want Kane to focus more on being in the area, I feel the impetus of the team will be to create for Kane as he is an elite finisher.

Another possible formation could well be the 3-5-2.

Used whilst managing Inter Milan, Conte’s methodology of playing out from the back remained consistent. They had mostly maintained a coordinated sequence of patterns when playing out from the back.

Inter’s main method of ball progression was using layoffs. They did this all over the pitch. This helps disrupt the opponent’s shape but also allowed players to find space in order to collect the ball so the team can progress collectively.

And with the industrial nature of Son to run channels and press the opponents (alas Lautaro for Inter), this should free Kane to drop if needed to be creative, but also be in the position to finish chances in tandem with the South Korean.


I personally feel that Kane will turn a corner with the appointment of Conte. Couple this with the excellent fixtures, I am planning to bring in the Englishman as soon as possible before he becomes a template option.

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