By Wayne Veysey

5th Mar, 2018 | 12:01pm

Better than Alli - BBC pundit drools over Tottenham player who is not nailed-on starter v Juve

By Richard Parks

Pundit Garth Crooks has hailed Son Heung-Min as a “brilliant” player for Tottenham who has been even better than Dele Alli this season.

In his weekly column for the BBC Sport website, the former Tottenham striker raved about the South Korean attacker in the wake of his double against Huddersfield at the weekend.

It lifted Son’s goal tally for the season to 15 from 41 matches in all competitions, supplemented by nine assists, and put Alli’s contribution of nine goals and 15 assists from 39 games in the shade.

“Son Heung-min is already a national treasure in South Korea and rapidly becoming the latest Wembley darling among Tottenham fans,” said Crooks. “Son took both his goals brilliantly against a totally outclassed Huddersfield.

“He is also slowly eclipsing the presence of Dele Alli, who was amazing last season. Both players have very important roles to play if Spurs are going to win a trophy this season. However, I would like both players to be playing brilliantly at the same time, if you don’t mind.”

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The intriguing thing about Son is that he is not even a nailed-on starter for Tottenham in their Champions League showdown against Juventus on Wednesday night, their biggest match of the season to date. Son was left on the bench for the first leg in Turin, where Erik Lamela was given the nod to start. By contrast, when Alli is fit and available, he starts. Forming the club’s holy trinity with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, the Englishman has a different status under Mauricio Pochettino. Crooks is not wrong in stating the south Korean has eclipsed Alli in recent weeks, but that might not count for that much when the boss picks his XI for Wednesday’s showdown.

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