Wednesday 29 January 2020

How Son Heung-min fared as Harry Kane's deputy against Southampton

Son Heung-min replaced the injured Harry Kane in the Tottenham line-up
Son Heung-min replaced the injured Harry Kane in the Tottenham line-up

Son Heung-min deputised for injured star man Harry Kane as Tottenham hung on to claim a 2-1 victory over Southampton at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at how the South Korea international fared on Sunday afternoon.


In the absence of Kane, it was clear Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino instructed Son to produce a similar pressing game to their talisman. Son constantly forced Southampton's defenders to make hurried passes, disrupting the flow of their play and thus putting them under pressure for much of the afternoon.


In a 3-4-2-1 formation, Son was given the role of using his pace and finding space in behind Southampton's defence. At times he drifted out wide to offer an outlet for playmakers Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele but to no avail. Although he would find relative success with darting runs, Son's end product was lacking.


Despite Son's encouraging hat-trick against Millwall in the FA Cup last Sunday, questions still lingered over the possibility of the South Korean producing those performances on a consistent basis. Without getting out of first gear, Spurs were able to find goals from their midfield in the first half. Son, however, struggled to make enough impact to suggest Spurs can cope in the striking department without Kane.


Son has been a valuable asset off the bench this season, proving to be one of what England rugby head coach Eddie Jones would call Pochettino's 'finishers'. But it still remains to be seen if the 24-year-old can fill the boots of star man Kane as the forward failed to make a strong case.

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