'Every single time': Jamie O'Hara says £22m Tottenham player cannot defend from corners, he's causing big issues
Son signed from Spurs back in 2015 for a fee of £22 million (BBC) and has become a star in North London.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness also criticised Son after Kalidou Koulibaly’s goal from a corner in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
O’Hara says Son cannot defend corners
And O’Hara has agreed with Souness while speaking on TalkSPORT today and thinks the South Korea international shouldn’t be defending corners.
“The problem with Son is, and I know Grame Souness was digging him out a little bit, in terms of his defending and he’s right,” he said.
“When you’re an attacker, you come back to defend but it’s the last thing you want to do. All you can think about is the ball breaking down and I want to go that way to score.
“And you can see that in Son, every single time we have a set-piece. Instantly, if the ball’s not around him to go and win, he’s thinking ‘I’m off’.
“But what he’s got to remember is he’s got to defend the box first and help the team get rid of it, then move.
“He’s just a typical striker, a typical centre-forward. Don’t even bring him back, he can’t defend.”
Spurs managed to salvage a point from the game yesterday, despite being on the back foot for most of the 90 minutes.
Jamie Carragher also labelled Tottenham’s defending for Koulibaly goal as ‘unbelievable’ as the defender found himself in plenty of space from Marc Cucurella’s corner.
Conte’s men struggled to defend set-pieces last season and the Italian will be hoping that the trend doesn’t continue into this season.
The club have hired a set-piece specialist in Gianni Vio and it paid off for Kane’s goal but Conte will be hoping to see improvements defensively in the near future.
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