Former Liverpool star and outspoken pundit Stan Collymore has admitted that Heung-min Son has forced a serving of “humble pie” his way after his performances in recent weeks.
The South Korean forward was star of the show on Saturday as he netted twice in the club’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield, helping strengthen the club’s grip on a top four spot as we enter the final stretch of the season.
Having arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015, the 25-year-old has gone on to establish himself as a regular among the first team at Spurs, with 128 appearances resulting in 44 goals and 24 assists.
After his shining display against the Terriers, Collymore admits that he was wrong about Son, stating that he has stepped up to be a real force in a dangerous Tottenham attack, and that he should continue his role in the starting XI when Juventus visit Wembley on Wednesday.
Writing in his column for the Mirror, he said: “When he arrived from Germany, he did so with a reputation for scoring a lot of long-range goals and someone who had an eye for the spectacular.
“But I still questioned whether he or any of his team-mates could step up to the plate, as Spurs needed them to, whenever Harry Kane was missing. Son swiftly sent me my answer, with a nice dollop of humble pie on it, by proving that he could.
“Eriksen deserves the plaudits for everything he has done for Tottenham – it seems only now that we’re finally waking up to the impact Son has on the team as well.
“(Against Juventus) I’d go for Son because he’s a man in form, he’s scoring goals and playing with a smile on his face.”
Football Insider verdict
Son showed last season that he could be a star man in the absence of Harry Kane, but this campaign he is demonstrating just how important he can be when playing alongside the England hitman. His goals speak for themselves but what is not shown by the statistics is just how dedicated he is to the Tottenham cause. He is one of the few players who plays with a smile on his face for the full 90 minutes and his work ethic is sensational, and one of the reasons why Mauricio Pochettino keeps playing him. He was brought off early against Huddersfield, so a starting role against Juventus seems a real possibility – now it is up to him to replicate his form on the big stage.