Transfer Battle: Harry Kane vs Marko Arnautovic

There will be a lot of attacking talent on the London Stadium pitch this Saturday when West Ham take on Tottenham in what is likely to be another fiery London derby between the fierce rivals. 

The home side are expected to field the likes of new signings Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, who have rejuvenated the Hammers’ forward line.

Meanwhile, even with injuries to Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino still has players such as Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min to call upon.

Harry Kane and Marko Arnautovic, though, will undoubtedly be the two individuals everyone has their eyes on in Saturday’s London derby.

Harry Kane

Although he was able to finally put an end to his August curse, Kane has not been at his sharpest in recent weeks, which goes to show what a player he has become considering the England captain still has five goals to his name from eight Premier League appearances.

Games such as the one that is fast approaching, though, is the kind of fixture where Kane really comes alive.

The 25-year-old’s goal-scoring record is phenomenal, and on his way to building it up he has used London derbies alongside other high-profile fixtures to get it to where it is today.

Capable of scoring all kinds of goals from practically anywhere in the final third of the pitch, Kane will undoubtedly be Tottenham’s biggest threat.

Naturally, if West Ham are to get anything from the fixture, then Manuel Pellegrini will have to find a way to neutralise this world-class forward.

TT Grade: A*

Marko Arnautovic

While Kane is capable of easily hurting West Ham, Arnautovic has enough in his arsenal to inflict similar damage to Tottenham, especially considering the north London side have not been at their best defensively this season.

Arnautovic possesses both the physical attributes and technical quality to trouble Tottenham’s back four in more ways than one and is an individual Pochettino’s men need to keep an eye on for the entire 90 minutes.

Like Kane, Arnautovic is so good at putting away half chances. But what the 29-year-old also does well is turn scraps into genuine attacking opportunities, while he can carve out chances for himself, too.

Arnautovic is slowly becoming one of the most efficient forwards in the Premier League and one that Tottenham cannot afford to give time and space to in the box on Saturday.

TT Grade: A-

TT Verdict:

Kane and Arnautovic are the two spearheads of their teams and are both humongous figures within their squads.

And while Kane obviously tops Arnautovic when it comes to goal-scoring ability, he is also the more important figure for his respective side, especially with West Ham bringing in Anderson and Yarmolenko over the summer.

Without Arnautovic, the quality of West Ham’s starting XI drops significantly. But the Hammers still have enough in their locker to achieve a respectable finish in the table under a manager of Pellegrini’s calibre.

In contrast, with the top of the Premier League table looking as strong as its ever been, it is hard to imagine how Tottenham would cope without their talisman for an extended period of time.

With that in mind, Kane wins this battle both in terms of ability and influence.

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