Son Heung-Min gives Tottenham Hotspur a timely lift
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For Tottenham Hotspur, it has certainly been a fortnight to forget. First up, Harry Kane picked up an injury in a tough 1-0 loss at home to Manchester United. Then came another star player sidelined with Delli Alli ruled out. Mauricio Pochettino's side were then dumped from the Carabao Cup on penalties away at Chelsea, before losing their place in the FA Cup just a few days later. Just like that, their season is up in flames.
The Lilywhites need a lift, they need picking up to ensure that things don't go from bad to worse. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Heung-Min Son will return to North London early after his South Korea side were prematurely dumped out of the Asian Cup at the hands of Qatar. Timing-wise, it couldn't have been any better with the 26-year-old set to be in the Spurs squad for their game against Watford this evening.
In 28 games across all competitions (several of which he didn't start in), Son has been electric. His goals tally stands at 12 while he's also tacked on 9 assists for his teammates. Starting from the left-wing slot, the attacker has been the standout forward for Spurs this term. He has provided the goalscoring help that Harry Kane has required for the last few years and that's why until he jetted off to play for his country, Pochettino's side were definitely in title contention. Now, all hope at winning their first piece of silverware in over a decade looks lost, although that's largely down to a lack of investment which is a debate for another day entirely...
When talking about importance, Son is sitting atop of the list. Right now, I'd even place him higher than the aforementioned Kane. When the English striker was available without Son, the chance creation had drastically been reduced albeit a small sample size. The South Korean makes those brilliant runs that opens up space for others around him, he's a force multiplier, he makes everyone around him better.
It's not just the lift on the field that Son will give Spurs, either. Mentally, those players will begin to believe again, they'll go into tonight's match feeling confident, buoyant and ready to get back to their scintillating best. Although he's probably feeling a little fatigued from all the travelling and playing, the best thing Pochettino can do is stick him on right from the start and with a good performance and a convincing win, the poor spell will be quickly forgotten about and Spurs will get themselves back on track.
I guess the burning question remains, just how long will players like Son and Kane want to remain at White Hart Lane? There is only so long that these egos can cope with not winning silverware, I'd even go a step further and say that Spurs haven't really competed at the business end anywhere near as much as they should have with the squad at Pochettino's disposal. If there is one positive to be taken away from that, it's probably the fact that the Argentine will likely remain in North London for a little while longer as his bad period has directly coincided with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tearing up the Premier League...