Souness and Kilbane criticise Son for decision in Tottenham v Leverkusen
By Harvey Byrne
Pundits Graeme Souness and Kevin Kilbane have criticised Son Heung-min for cuddling his former team-mates on Tuesday evening as Tottenham played Bayer Leverkusen.
Spurs travelled to Germany for the Champions League Group E clash, which saw Son start the game.
The two sides drew 0-0 with Son playing 90 minutes before being brought off for youngster Joshua Onomah.
However, it was the actions of the South Korea international before the encounter which caught the pundits eyes.
“I don’t want to see that,” started Souness talking as a pundit on TV3 Sport Ireland. “I’d be saying to him hug them after the game, but this is the modern way I’d be classed as a dinosaur if I said to him ‘look I don’t want to see you hugging people before the game, you have to kick them, don’t be hugging them and kissing them.”
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Kevin Kilbane then interrupted saying: “What are his team-mates thinking there, what’s Dele Alli thinking? They’re looking at him, what are you thinking there in that moment?”
— TV3 Sport (@TV3SportIreland) October 18, 2016
Son, 24, spent two years at Leverkusen before completing an £18million switch to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2015.
He struggled to make an impact during his first season in Mauricio Pochettino’s side and almost departed the club in the summer with a return to the Bundesliga and Wolfsburg said to be interested.
However, he has been in scintillating form in front of goal in the new campaign and has bagged an impressive five goals in eight appearances for Spurs.