The Premier League title race is alive and kicking!
Man City remain favourites to retain their crown but defeat to Spurs on Saturday night has given Liverpool a sniff.
If the Reds are able to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s side at the back end of the season then Jurgen Klopp will surely owe Harry Kane (£6.9m) a pint of his choosing.
The England captain produced a truly fantastic performance at the Etihad, a stadium that could have been his home had his rumoured transfer gone through last summer.
Kane scored twice in the visitors’ 3-2 victory, his second coming right at the death after Riyad Mahrez (£7.4m) looked to have earned the hosts a point with his stoppage-time penalty.
It wasn’t just his predatory finishing in the box that caught the eye, it was his range of passing, particularly on the counter, that unpicked a side who have looked unbeatable in recent months.
Ably assisted by Son Heung-min (£5.3m) and January signing Dejan Kulusevski (£2.2m), Spurs No10 deservedly claimed the Star Man award when the dust had settled to bank 18 points in total – no other player has more this Game Week currently.
Incredibly, Kane has now scooped eight Star Man awards in 2021/22, the highest tally among all Dream Team assets.
Mohamed Salah (£8.1m) isn’t far behind on seven but it’s remarkable the England international has the lead in this metric considering the flat nature of his performances under Nuno Espirito Santo.
He cashed in against weaker opposition in the Europa Conference League but it wasn’t until he scored at home to Liverpool in arguably the most entertaining fixture of the season that he really got going domestically, just a few days before Christmas.
Since then he’s scored a further eight goals in 13 games in all competitions, a hot spell that has resulted in four Star Man gongs.
Kane has overtaken Mahrez, Diogo Jota (£5.5m) and Joao Cancelo (£6.9m) this week to become the third-best asset overall.
With 184 points to his name he’s now just seven behind Trent Alexander-Arnold (£6.7m) – although runaway leader Salah is 73 points ahead.
Kane’s league tally of seven goals may still be below par for the three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner but his total of 15 in all competitions is very respectable.
If you were to include England goals then he’s actually enjoying another prolific season with 25 goals to his name though of course international games don’t fall under Dream Team’s remit.
A quick glance at the upcoming fixture suggests the points could continue to flow freely for the 28-year-old.
Spurs travel to Burnley on Wednesday night before taking on Leeds and Middlesbrough in Game Week 26.
The 65.5% of Dream Team gaffers who don’t have Kane in their XI right now should be worried.