By Richard Parks
Peter Crouch has claimed that Son Heung-Min is “every bit as important” to Tottenham as star men Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
The former England striker paid tribute to Son as he eulogised how the work-rate of forwards such as the Spurs man and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has changed the game.
“Football has altered dramatically due to the relentless workrate of men such as Firmino and Son Heung-min of Tottenham, who is one of the top players in the League,” wrote Crouch in his column for the Daily Mail. “He would improve any of the best teams.
“It says everything about how much he (Firmino) runs that he’s covered 165 miles in the Premier League this season.
“It’s the same with Son (129 miles), who is so underrated. He shouldn’t be because he’s every bit as important to Tottenham as Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.”
The 25-year-old South Korea international has played 42 times across all competitions for Spurs this season, scoring 16 goals and supplying nine assists.
Son has been at Spurs since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and is contracted to stay at the club until 2020.
Football Insider verdict:
Crouch’s eulogy of Son as important as Kane and Eriksen is something of a surprise given that he is often on the fringes of the Spurs side and does not make the starting XI. The attacking midfielder made way for Erik Lamela three weeks ago when Mauricio Pochettino selected his side for the first leg of the last-16 Champions League clash against Juventus. The manager would have been answering questions about his selection for weeks afterwards had he axed either Kane or Eriksen. Son is a gamechanger and a matchwinner but he has also been on the bench for seven of Tottenham’s Premier League matches this season. He is a mighty fine player, yes. But as pivotal as the main men? Pull the other one.