Darren Bent admits losing Heung-min Son is a “massive” blow for Tottenham after he stepped up in Harry Kane’s absence.

The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the 27-year-old has been the standout performer in his teammate’s absence, lifting his game when it was needed.

Speaking to the media at his press conference, Mourinho admitted he does not expect the South Korean to feature again this season after undergoing surgery on the fractured arm picked up versus Aston Villa.

Bent says there is a reason Spurs fans love the winger and insists his loss will be a bitter pill for Mourinho to swallow.

Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, it’s massive. He’s such a big player for them, so important for them, scores important goals.

“What I like about Son is he always seems to step up when Harry Kane’s not there. When Harry Kane’s not there he’s the one that goes: ‘I know everyone’s panicking Kane’s not here anymore but I’m telling you now we can still win games.’ 

“He steps up his performances and you can’t really hammer him. You talk about sometime he can be a bit greedy and choosing the wrong options but in terms of getting goals and important goals, Spurs fans love him because he’s been a top player for them.”

Son has played 32 times for Spurs this season, scoring 16 goals and chipping in with nine assists across all competitions.

Mourinho has the likes of Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura to fill the void left after the South Korean’s injury.

In other Tottenham news, Alex Bruce believes Mourinho has been dealt a “kick in the teeth.”