Is this time for Son Heung-min to shine? Spurs will trust the attacker with Harry Kane injured for the rest of the season … and he tends to do better without the man from England on the field
- Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game when Spurs defeated Manchester City
- It came after Harry Kane dropped out injured and he was out for the rest of the season
- Fortunately for Spurs, Son tends to be better when striker Kane is not on the field
- South Korean will now be in charge of leading the line as Spurs calls for glory
If the first was controversial, the second had to be the start of something big.
Son Heung-min was the man on the new site of Tottenham, credited with the first attack in both games they played there. His opener against Crystal Palace took a big turn – while in the Manchester City clash he relied entirely on something else.
It is a strange oddity of Son & # 39; s recent form that he performs best when Harry Kane is not on the field.
Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game when Tottenham defeated Manchester City
Harry Kane had left with an injury before Son was able to break the stalemate
Son fired the ball past Ederson and gave Spurs a lead in the second leg
|WITH KANE||TOTTENHAM||WITHOUT KANE|
|1.9||Avg Goals for||1.9|
|1.1||Avg Goals against||1.1|
|61.50 per||Win percentage||66.70 percent|
Kane was injured between January 14 and February 22. During that spell, Son scored four out of four. Kane then returned faster than expected and Son went six matches without a goal.
He beat Palace, but still didn't look at his best. Then Kane was injured and lost the 55th minute of the City match and Son decided the match.
When their talisman has been somewhere else, Spurs have relied on Son. His movement, his touch on the ball and his total play means that he is ideally suited to be the headman.
Move it back to the wing or anywhere other than slot no. 9 and it suffers somewhat.
It may also be that Son and Kane simply do not have the best chemistry as a pair. That would explain Son & # 39; s goal record with Kane in the neighborhood.
Son tends to play better and score more goals when Kane is absent from Tottenham Hotspur
It is also very logical. If Kane is part of the team, Spurs has to build everything up for him – and why wouldn't they do that if he was such a powerful finisher?
But it also limits the ability of other players on the side to get into advanced positions to close chances. Probably the son would have looked at Kane to pass Kane instead of beating himself if the 25-year-old had been on the field.
This can therefore be Son's time to shine. Especially since the English striker may not be around for the rest of the campaign. & # 39; It's a concern for us, & # 39; said Mauricio Pochettino about his injury.
& # 39; We're going to miss him – maybe the rest of the season. We hope it's not a big deal, but there's not much time to recover.
Kane could be out for the rest of the season after picking up the injury on Tuesday-evening
& # 39; He turned his ankle so that we will see how it reacts in a few hours. & # 39;
Son has already worn them through a difficult patch. When Kane got injured, he filled that gap.
Those four goals were chasing Spurs for the top four, and in fact, before Kane returned, they were still chasing the title.
Son & # 39; s hard work in that spell won admirers, not least Pochettino, who said after Tuesday's game: & He ticks all boxes. If there is a player who deserves to score, then it is him. & # 39;
Mauricio Pochettino clearly relies on Son and was full of praise for him after the game on Tuesday
Yet the absence of Kane seems to fear something. That may not be the case.
Contrary to what may be assumed, Spurs tends to pick up slightly more points when Kane is out. They have won 66.7 percent of their games with their talisman on the sidelines in all competitions, compared to 61.5 percent with him in the team.
They also tend to pull more when compared to losing when Kane is not playing.
Statistics are one thing, and inevitably the sample size without Kane is smaller than with him. But Son, as shown by his style, can take advantage of Kane's absence.
Son will now have to take the lead as Spurs goes for the top four and tries to win the Champions League
Spurs need the South Korean to. They will trust him for the rest of the season, which means a tilt for the top four and – with progression a possibility on the way to Etihad – a real chance at the Champions League.
A few months ago, the big question mark about Son was whether he would be incorporated into the South Korean army. Now that Kane is gone, he has been called as a spearhead for the Spurs.
There is no reason to think that he cannot lead the attack.