By Richard Parks
Tim Sherwood is convinced that Son Heung-Min will get the nod to start over Erik Lamela in Tottenham’s Champions League showdown against Juventus on Wednesday.
Sherwood told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday (Sunday, 12:18). programme that Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to sub Son at the 70-minute point in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield when he was on a hat-trick tells him the south Korean is being rested with a view to starting at Wembley in the biggest match of the season to date.
Son, 25, and Lamela, 26, are effectively playing for one attacking midfield place in the starting XI, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen guaranteed to be in the line-up v Juventus ahead of a central midfield pair of Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier.
“He got two goals Son, in a weird sort of way, he’d been very pleased to see his number come up,” said Sherwood on Goals on Sunday.
“Cause that tells me that he is going to play in the Champions League.
“If I’m Son, I’m delighted to see my number come up even if I want to get my hat-trick, cause I’m going to play in one of the biggest games of the season at Wembley on Wednesday night against Juventus.
“As he’s (Pochettino) resting him for that game surely.”
Football Insider verdict:
It is clear Son and Lamela are playing for just one place in Tottenham’s strongest possible XI. With the holy trinity of Kane, Eriksen and Alli nailed-on starters, that leaves only one slot in Pochettino’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation. For the first leg, Lamela surprisingly got the nod over the south Korean and responded with a fine performance brimming with energy and desire as Tottenham secured a 2-2 draw in Turin after going two goals down. The Argentine looks in fine fettle, but Son brings a far greater goalscoring threat and is the team’s second top scorer with 15 in all competitions this season, including 10 in the league.