Friday, 16 September 2016
Following on from my article on Dele Alli and whether he would become frustrated at Tottenham continually being moved around to accommodate everyone else in their preferred positions, the Evening Standard have written an ambiguous article on Son Heung-min.
They claim, but don't substantiate, that some Spurs players fear Son might become disillusioned by his role in the squad. There is nothing to support the suggestion, none of these Tottenham players are named and I find it highly doubtful that several Spurs players would have mentioned the same thing to a reporter.
Unfortunately, the article lets itself down by suggesting Son Heung-min prefers to play on the left cutting in onto his tight foot, then suggesting that role is filled by Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, which isn't the case.
Erik Lamela doesn't play on the left, he plays on the right, cutting in onto his left foot so even though we have Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou in the squad, Son is the backup for the left side after the sale of Nacer Chadli.
That will see him get plenty of game time. He played at Stoke and I thought he should have been rested on Wednesday to accommodate Dele Alli in his best position, number 10 and that Son should then start against Sunderland. He played for 45 minutes on Wednesday though and missed a glorious chance by being too slow
That appearance would have complicated matters had it not been for the fact that next weeks midweek game is a League Cup tie against Gillingham at White Hart Lane. With that in mind will Pochrttino play his strongest front four leaving Son on the bench?
If, as the article suggests, Pochettinoi doesn't trust Son then he wouldn't have played him in the Champions League. I don't see that the Standard article has any foundation.