By Dominic Toner
Danny Murphy believes that Tottenham ace Heung-Min Son should be able to exploit the space in behind Southampton’s defence.
The 24-year-old is expected to lead the line on Sunday when Spurs host the Saints in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino will be without talisman Harry Kane through injury, meaning Son and Vincent Janssen are in contention to replace him.
Ex-Spurs midfielder Murphy believes that Son’s pace could be an important factor against Southampton.
“Son is slightly quicker than Kane and will run the channels a bit more often, so you are looking for different ways to release him,” Murphy wrote in the Evening Standard. “If Southampton push a little further up the pitch, that could give Son more opportunities to find space behind their defence.”
The north London club are going to be relying on a good performance from Son, who has the unfortunate task of trying to fill Kane’s boots.
However, the South Korea international is Spurs’ third highest goal scorer this season and has been in good form.
Son has made 35 appearances this season across all competitions, but has had to make do with mainly substitute appearances in the Premier League.
The attacker has managed an impressive 14 goals and seven assists in return, proving himself on every occasion in the first team.
Southampton are without long-term absentee Virgil Van Dijk and Spurs will be hoping to get at their back line.
Son also should be confident after scoring in the previous meeting against the Saints this season in a 4-1 victory.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore has predicted the clash against Southampton.