Rise Of The Son
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on September 27, 2016
Spurs’ South Korean is stepping up to the plate under Pochettino’s Spurs in the quest for the Premier League title…
With Tottenham’s golden boy and the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane being sidelined for around six to eight weeks there was a hint of concern in the minds of most Spurs fans going into the sixth game week of the Premier League. Kane was so influential in the way Spurs played both at the start of this season and through the whole of last, Kane has been responsible for 36% of Tottenham’s Premier League goals since the 2014/2015 season, and it is easy to see why the fans were so worried about their team finding the net in his absence. Pochettino must have also been concerned having to find the solution to continuing their league and continental form going without the man who has scored 48 goals in the last 78 games.
Step forward Heung-Min Son, who’s revolutionary rise in the famous lily-white strip has been nothing short of phenomenal since coming back from the Olympics in early September. Many saw Son’s future in the game being away from White Hart Lane after having a very underwhelming campaign last season. With so many of the Spurs squad performing and the team being the surprise package of the year last season, excluding Leicester, it appeared that Pochettino had his starting eleven nailed on. Therefore leaving the South Korean surplus to requirements. However, Spurs rejected a bid for the forward by Wolfsburg on Deadline Day and a first start of the season changed the picture entirely for Son.
Having just come back from the Olympics Asia’s brightest talent was given his chance to prove to Pochettino and the Tottenham fans that he was worth keeping when he was thrown into the starting eleven away to Stoke City. It was a chance that he did not pass up. Son was the star in a brilliant team performance which saw Tottenham run rampant in a 4-0 win against the Potters. Scoring two and assisting one on the day. The manager made a bold call putting him into the eleven, electing to go with the tricky winger ahead of the likes of Erik Lamela and new Deadline Day signing Moussa Sissoko. Although Son certainly repaid his faith with a superb display. The two goals were a taster of what he can offer, and also a glimpse of what the Spurs fans have been waiting to see since he came to England. The first a smart finish with his left foot, showcasing his fabulous technique. The second a rocket, which left Premier League veteran, Shay Given, with no chance. Son ended the day with a man of the match performance and the admiration of his boss, “It was important for him and he is a player that can help us a lot.” said Pochettino, who described the win as “Almost perfect”.
After that almost perfect performance, Pochettino simply had to pick Son in Spurs’ next Premier League game, at home to Sunderland. Son again showed the Tottenham faithful why Pochettino had not sold him with another man of the match display. Manchester City loanee Jason Denayer was given a torrid time as the South Korean’s tricky feet were simply too quick for the fullback to deal with. He turned him inside and out. Almost getting onto the scoresheet after beating young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from outside the area only to see his low drive clip the outside of the post before going out. Through the help of now the ever-shining Son Tottenham managed to force a 1-0 victory from a stubborn Sunderland side. Following last Sunday’s 1-0 victory Pochettino revealed that Son wanted to return to Germany. The forward had struggled with the pace of the Premier League after joining from Bayer Leverkusen last term but not anymore. Son had shown over the last two games that he is now Spurs’ pacesetter as well as their main goal threat now Kane is injured.
Son then started his third Premier League match in a row against Middlesbrough and dazzled throughout. Following his double against Stoke with another brilliant brace. In between his well-taken goals, he ran Antonio Barragan ragged and was unlucky not to finish the match with a hat-trick, having created many opportunities for himself.
Pochettino has tended to rotate his front three behind the striker but the South Korean has shown him that he is simply irreplaceable at present. If Son continues his form into Spurs’ next Premier League game then it could be likely that Tottenham could be the first team the stop Guardiola’s juggernaut of a squad from claiming their seventh consecutive win in the league. The speedy winger certainly has the ability to keep his great run going and Pochettino will be sure to need him the coming months as his side push for the title.