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Weekend win should force Pochettino into trusting Tottenham’s ace in the hole more often

The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern were buoyed by their sides return to victory in the Premier League this weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side lifted the spirits of everybody involved at Spurs this weekend as they recorded a 5-1 victory over Stoke City at Wembley, following a barren run of 4 games without a victory in the Premier League. A classy goal-scoring performance was exactly what Tottenham needed to ease the intensifying pressure that was beginning to rise. Prior to the match at Wembley, Tottenham were slowly losing ground on the leading pack at the top of the table. However, the Lilywhites made significant ground on the teams above them last weekend after 4 out of the 5 teams above them in the league failed to record victories.

The resident Spurs contingent in the tavern were delighted with the set of results that helped Tottenham climb within 2 points of 4th placed Liverpool.

There were plenty of brilliant individual performances in Tottenham white on Saturday afternoon, but special praise is especially owed to Son Heung-min for another inspiring performance in the attacking third of the pitch.

Thus far this season, Pochettino has decided to play Son from the outset in just 9 of Tottenham’s 16 league matches, which regardless of the strength of the current squad, is not an acceptable number of starts.

Son provides a unique set of qualities in comparison to the other players around him at the club, and they are potentially the most incisive available to Pochettino when it comes to breaking down the opposition.

The South-Korean has raw pace in abundance, along with the confidence and trickery to run directly at defenders when faced with an opportunity to take on his opposite number.

Now that Tottenham have established themselves as one of the top sides in the Premier League, they are going to be faced with the challenge of breaking down a defensive unit on plenty of occasions.

When faced with the challenge of dissecting a parked bus, passing the ball around the opposition can prove to be meticulously tedious and extremely frustrating.

But the utilisation of a player such as Son who can prize the defensive shape apart by dragging defenders out of their assigned positions, is often the key to snatching victory in chess-match encounters.

If Tottenham want to build on their performance over Stoke City and climb the table in the coming weeks, then Pochettino must begin utilising the ability of their talismanic left-winger in every league fixture.


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