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Conte told he has the most popular player in world football right now at Tottenham
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Conte told he has the most popular player in world football right now at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has been praised by Richard Keys following his superb return to form.

The Spurs star had failed to score in his side’s first eight games of the 2022-23 campaign.

However, Son well and truly made amends on Saturday against Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday.

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The £22million man came off the bench in the second half and scored a hat-trick en route to a 6-2 victory.

Son’s first came on 73 minutes as he drove forward after Leicester gave the ball away and rifled into the top corner.

Six minutes from time, the 30-year-old lashed a left-footed effort home – again, into the top corner.

And in the 86th minute, Son got his third, sliding the ball under Danny Ward, though he had to wait for a VAR check.

Keys, writing on his website, praised the South Korea international for his heroics.

He also hoped that Son and Harry Kane could finally end their trophy wait at Tottenham.

However, Keys fears the north Londoners will end up doing “what Spurs always do”.

“It was great to see Son back to his best with that 13-minute hat-trick v Leicester,” wrote Keys.

“I can’t think of a more popular footballer than him right now. He’s a charmer – all smiles and so humble with it.

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“It would be great for him and Kane if Spurs could finally land silverware this season, but don’t count on it.

“I still get the feeling that when it really matters they’ll do what Spurs always do, but the start has been encouraging.”

Son is now on international duty with South Korea, who contest two friendlies in the coming week.

The Tottenham ace’s country takes on Costa Rica on Friday before facing Cameroon next Tuesday.

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