By Alan Hutton

16th Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Hutton makes '£50m' Tottenham claim after star joins casualty list

Tottenham will be “desperate” for Heung-min Son to return to fitness after Harry Kane’s Crystal Palace performance, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said “time will tell” if the north London side should have moved for another forward in the summer window.

The Athletic quoted manager Nuno Espirito Santo at yesterday’s pre-match press conference (September 15th), where he confirmed Son remains out with a calf injury.

Espirito Santo refused to confirm whether Son, 29, would return for Sunday’s crunch London derby away at Chelsea.

Tottenham are in Brittany ahead of their first Europa Conference League group clash against Stade Rennes.

Harry Kane cut an isolated figure in the absence of Son in Spurs’ 3-0 away defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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For the first time in the striker’s Premier League career, he failed to touch the ball inside the opposition 18-yard box (Opta).

Hutton insisted the jury is out on whether Tottenham should’ve drafted in additional cover over the summer.

“Time will tell if they should have signed a striker,” he told Football Insider.

“I think it was probably difficult to go out and spend £50million after knowing that Kane was staying.

“Who wants to come in for that price and be second choice?

“I think what was realised at the weekend is just how much of a miss Son is to the team.

“It was a whole different set-up. Without him, Kane looked so isolated.

“Usually, they’re bouncing off each other.

“The club will be desperate for Son to return.”

Spurs have just two senior strikers within their ranks in Son and Kane.

Carlos Vinicius returned to Benfica after his disappointing loan spell at Tottenham ended.

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