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11th Sep, 2016 | 4:50pm

Ossie Ardiles praises forgotten Tottenham player, identifies trio who impressed at Stoke

By Alex Taylor

Ossie Ardiles has come to the defence of Son Heung-Min after Tottenham’s 4-0 win against Stoke.

Goals from Harry Kane and Delle Ali followed a brace from Son, who put the north Londoners in control with strikes either side of halftime.

Son, 24, dropped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane this summer after the signing of Vincent Janssen, but enjoyed a return to the Tottenham starting XI on Saturday.

Spurs legend Ardiles praised the South Korea international as well as his team-mates Kane and Hugo Lloris.

“Very solid performance at a difficult place,” Ardiles tweeted. “Hugo back, Harry Kane scored, Son, lots of people doubt him is starting to look very good.”

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The South Korean has been on the periphery since his £22million move to Tottenham last August and has been mainly used as a back-up striker to Harry Kane.

The attacker, who can also operate as a right-midfielder, will now be hoping his goals have secured him a place against Monaco on Wednesday evening in Tottenham’s first European fixture of the season.

Ardiles enjoyed 10 years at Tottenham as a central-midfielder and spent time with Paris Saint-Germain, Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers before retiring from the game in 1991.

In other Tottenham news, Eric Dier is close to agreeing a new Tottenham contract worth £19.5million, Football Insider sources understand.