Tottenham regular starter fears he will be frozen out by Pochettino - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Heung-min Son fears he will be frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the attacking midfielder has doubts about his long-term White Hart Lane future and is unsure whether he has the trust of the manager.
It is said that some of the South Korean’s team-mates sense he is becoming disillusioned.
Son has had a stop-start career with Tottenham since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015 in a £22million deal.
After missing the start of the campaign because he was representing South Korea at the Olympic Games, Son made his first appearance of the season in last weekend’s 4-0 win at Stoke and responded with the first two goals.
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The 24-year-old retained his place for the Champions League defeat by Monaco at Wembley on Wednesday night but was taken off at half-time with his team 2-1 down.
With Dembele available to make his first Premier League appearance of the campaign after completing a six-match ban carried over from last season, and Victor Wanyama pushing for a recall, it is unclear whether Son will keep his starting spot for Sunday’s home game against Sunderland.
The arrivals of Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou from Marseille have intensified the competition for Son’s preferred attacking midfield position.
Regulars Alli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen are also competing to be in Pochettino’s preferred trio behind lone forward Harry Kane.
Son, who was the subject of a £25.5million bid from Wolfsburg in the summer, scored an impressive 29 goals in 85 matches for former club Bayer Leverkusen.
He has not always been consistent at Spurs but 10 goals in 24 starts is a solid return for a wide forward.
In other Tottenham news, the club have revived talks on a £28.8million deal ahead of the January window.