Danny Mills has backed Tottenham star Son Heung-min to continue his fine form when the season restarts this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City defender believes Son will be able to hit new heights as he has finished his mandatory military service.
Last month, the 27-year-old returned to training for the first time since the nationwide lockdown began after completing national service in his home country. The South Korean international impressed officers and finished among the top five performers of his class (Daily Mail).
The outlet recently revealed Son, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko are ready for selection when the season kicks off on June 17.
Mills feels the strict conscription may have given the winger a new incentive.
He told football writer Dylan Childs “goals win you games. Son is absolutely excellent. He is superb. I expect him to come back even hungrier after what he has been through on national service.
“He might be thinking, “Wow. That is what I could be doing every single day of my life. How lucky am I?”
“So he might come back with a renewed freshness and vigour. When the games start he will be raring to go.”
It is difficult to disagree with Mills on this one, given Son’s performances so far.
Indeed, the South Korea captain has been excellent for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, as he is the club’s second-highest goalscorer at the time of writing, merely a goal behind star striker Kane, and he has provided more assists than the England international up until now (BBC).
He has scored 9 goals and created 7 assists in the Premier League, taking 3 shots per game, averaging 1.4 key passes and making 2.3 dribbles on average (via WhoScored).
At present, Mourinho’s men are eighth in the English top flight table, four points behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, and a point clear of derby rivals Arsenal.
Evidently Son has been on a tremendous run this season, despite missing a chunk of games due to a broken arm. His return will no doubt give Spurs a massive boost as the Lilywhites look to mount a challenge to the top four spots in the remaining fixtures to come.
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