Tottenham told to axe Son Heung-min
Tottenham have been told to axe forward Son Heung-min by pundit and former SPFL striker Tam McManus.
The Lowdown: Son stars in 2022…
The South Korea international played a starring role for Spurs during their push for a Premier League top four finish last campaign.
Son’s electric form over 2021/2022 was a major contributor to Antonio Conte’s successful first season at the club with the attacker bagging an incredible 23 goals and seven assists in 35 starts (WhoScored).
The former Bayer Leverkusen winger even shared a Golden Boot award with Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah – owing to his phenomenal form at the time.
The Latest: McManus calls for Son axe…
Speaking to Football Insider, pundit McManus claims Son’s dip in form this year should result in the player being dropped – citing his general play as an issue alongside his weakened goal threat.
“This guy won the golden boot last season, I don’t understand what has happened, it’s amazing, really.
“Everything he touched went in the back of the net and this season couldn’t be more different. He is so far off the pace.
“Not only is he not scoring but his general play just isn’t there either. You have to get him out of the team. I don’t know if Richarlison and Kulusevski are fully fit but when they are they need to come in.
“You have to play your form players. Tottenham are having a decent season even if the mood around the club is quite negative.
“Performances are well below par and Son kind of sums that up.”
The Verdict: Form is temporary…
The star’s decline is a shame to behold for both supporters and neutrals but we believe Son’s return to the top level is merely a matter of time.
Overall, he has amassed a quite incredible 139 goals and 77 assists since signing for Spurs from Leverkusen – making his £22 million transfer fee seem like a real bargain.
The 30-year-old has displayed his true class in a Lilywhites jersey time and time again, including on the big stages, scoring three goals across two Champions League quarter-final legs against Man City in 2019.
Son played a major role on their run to an unprecedented first ever European Cup final that same season, owing to the player’s natural talent and incredible ability.
Even if the ex-Bundesliga star needs time out of the starting eleven, we’ve little doubt his form will inevitably pick up again.