Tottenham Hotspur continued their impressive run of form in recent weeks by recording their fifth win from six matches on Saturday evening.
Leicester City were powerless to prevent Spurs from recording a confidence boosting victory ahead of their decisive trip to the Nou Camp as goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were enough to see off the Foxes at the King Power Stadium.
It was a performance which underlined Tottenham’s credentials as a dark horse contender for the top prize in English football, with their collection of fine attacking talents combining to excellent effect in the final-third.
Son stole the plaudits in the aftermath of proceedings for scoring and assisting in a match-winning performance for the South Korea international, and he earned particularly high acclaim from BBC pundit Garth Crooks in his team of the week column.
‘This lad is back on top of his game. He scored a fabulous goal against Leicester before putting Tottenham’s second goal on a plate for Dele Alli.
‘When Son plays, his pace gives Tottenham a dimension they lack without him. Two seasons ago he was the most improved Premier League player. Now he’s the most improved Premier League finisher.’
Considering Son has scored three goals and provided two assists in his last four Premier League fixtures, there is no doubt that Crooks is absolutely right to claim he is back on top of his game.
Son was groggy, unconvincing and uncharacteristically ineffective shortly after returning from the Asia Games, but the dynamic bursts of pace which make him so deadly at this level have returned and his goal scoring return serves to prove he is back to his best.
That Son has been labelled as the Premier League’s most improved finisher should be taken with a pinch of salt considering Crook’s track-record with over sensationalising his opinions, but his recent success in front of goal does suggest a tangible improvement.
A record of 52 goals from 158 Tottenham appearances is mightily impressive for a player who is not guaranteed a starting berth under Pochettino, and his source of goals from out wide is a perfect supplement to ease the burden on Harry Kane.
Regardless of whether he is the league’s most improved finisher or not, Son deserves esteemed praise for his incisive and clinical performances in recent weeks.
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