Son Heung-Min slaughtered by top Tottenham pundit
Son Heung-min looked “out of his depth” without Harry Kane leading the line for Tottenham against Chelsea, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ripped into the 28-year-old’s performance in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat and insisted it was a “real concern” how poor Spurs looked without their centre-forward talisman.
Son played the full 90 minutes as Jorginho’s penalty – which came as a result of an Eric Dier foul – sealed all three points for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Since Kane picked up an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Spurs have lost 1-0 to both Brighton and Chelsea.
Whelan admitted the Lilywhites look a shadow of themselves without the England striker and suggested Son was perhaps the player missing him the most.
Asked where the issues lay at Spurs, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, “Well they lie with the fact that their talisman Harry Kane, who makes everything tick at that club and when he’s on the field, is out injured.
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“Going forward, they looked poor, they looked weak. Heung-min Son looked alone, he looked out of his depth, he looked lost out there last night. It was only when Moura and Lamela came on they looked a little bit sharper up front.
“The team looked lacklustre, no intent in the first half – it wasn’t an outstanding Chelsea performance it was a very disciplined performance but they didn’t ask any questions in the first half and hardly any in the second half. They looked flat.
“I think a lot of that is down to Harry Kane and if that is the case, they’ve got a real issue there because you need more leaders and there were no leaders out there last night.”
Son has been a standout performer for Spurs this season, with 16 goals and 10 assists in his 31 appearances across all competitions.
However, he has netted just once in his last eight Premier League outings.