Garth Crooks has claimed that Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son has made an “immense” response to the pressure put on his shoulders recently.
Spurs have been trying to find a way since early January to cope with the loss of injured talisman Harry Kane in attack and his absence leaves a big gap in the side.
But in recent games Son has really stepped up to become the leading player for the North London club.
Jose Mourinho’s side have now won three consecutive Premier League games to move up to fifth in the table and they are now only a point adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, who they face at the weekend.
Son has four goals in the last three league games, including the brace he netted in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Crooks, who is a BBC pundit and former Spurs forward, has given a special mention to the South Korea international for his recent impact.
“While Son’s first goal was shrouded in controversy, there is no doubt in my mind that his second against a quite rightly aggrieved Aston Villa was of the highest quality,” Crooks wrote for BBC Sport.
“Since the injury to Harry Kane, Tottenham’s reliance on Son has rocketed. The player’s response to such demands, not to mention pressure, has been immense.”
Son now has 16 goals in 32 games across all competitions this season, as well as chipping in with nine assists too.
The 27-year-old is a top-class operator that has been such a key contributor in recent seasons for Spurs and he was influential last season too when Kane was absent through injury.
He needs to keep his levels high moving forward for the Champions League tie against RB Leipzig, as well as the Chelsea showdown.