Tottenham left it late in their 2-1 Premier League win against Fulham over the weekend after Harry Winks headed past Sergio Rico deep into stoppage time to ensure Mauricio Pochettino’s side walked away from Craven Cottage with all three points.
It was Tottenham’s first game without their talisman Harry Kane since he picked up an ankle ligament injury in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, leaving the north London club in a difficult predicament heading into the Fulham game.
Kane, however, was not the only Tottenham player absent on the day with Son Heung-min having also been unavailable for selection with the 26-year-old currently representing South Korea at the Asia Cup. And his absence could prove to be just as damaging as Kane’s.
All things considered, Son might just be the most underrated forward in the Premier League, and his loss is undoubtedly massive. As an attacker, he has everything a manager would want to see in a player of that position.
Both on and off the ball, Son is exceptional. He is a brilliant finisher with both feet, can dribble past opposition players and constantly makes terrific runs in behind defenders.
Ultimately, after a slow start to life at Tottenham following his move from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2015, Son has gone on to become one of the most important figures in Pochettino’s squad.
The South Korea international has hit double digits when it comes to goals in the Premier League in the two previous seasons after failing to reach even five goals in his debut campaign at White Hart Lane.
Statistically, he is up there with the likes of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, all of whom are considered the leading players in that left forward position.
Son, who is well on course to reaching double figures again this season, however, has shown he deserves to be mentioned in the same conversation as the trio.
There is probably not a more unappreciated forward in English football’s top flight right now than the former Bayer Leverkusen man.
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