Why this unsung hero is Tottenham’s key man for the rest of the season

The fight to finish in the Premier League’s top four places is hotting up. Manchester City is 15 points clear at the summit, and they will certainly lift the trophy at the end of the season. But the other three spots are well and truly up for grabs.

Spurs have the hardest fixtures on paper, and in the remaining matches, they will not be able to count on Harry Kane, because of his injury. Top scoring Kane is not expected to return to training until next month and they have been forced to rely on Son as a lead striker.

Despite signing Fernando Llorente over the summer to provide back up to Kane, it is Son who has been trusted by Mauricio Pochettino as he continues his incredible run of form.

Tottenham spent £22 million to sign Heung Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. After struggling to adapt to the physical style of the league, the South Korean international has really come to life in the Premiership in the past two seasons.

In the first season at White Hart Lane, he started only 13 times in the league and scored four times. However, Mauricio Pochettino continued to show faith in Son. The improvement was obvious and Son ended the 2016/17 campaign with 23 Premier League starts, and also he scored 14 and got six assists.

From last season until now he has shown his quality as a top-class player in the Premier League. With 18 goals in all competitions this season, the 25-year-old has become a vital figure for Spurs.

In 2018, he has started in 14 of Tottenham’s 18 matches across all competitions and it is clear that Son is now one of the first names on the team-sheet under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, the next few weeks will bring a different challenge for the South Korean as he will be asked to lead the line in Harry Kane’s absence. With fears that Harry Kane could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Son has hit scintillating form just at the right time for Spurs.

The Korean has scored seven goals in his last five appearances and he needs to maintain this brilliant form and help his side secure Champions League spot for the next season.


Written by Rijad Abaza

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