Tottenham Hotspur face a tough task of making the Champions League final after suffering a 1-0 defeat in the first-leg of their semi-final with Ajax.
The Dutch side scored through Donny van de Beek in the first-half and thoroughly deserved the win. It was a display that clearly left Glenn Hoddle disappointed in the BT Sport studio (30/04/2019).
But he did go on to mention just who might be able to be the ‘spark’ to ignite Tottenham in the second leg.
“Very disappointed with the way they played, they have got to be. Very lacklustre performance from Tottenham.
“Yes we’re missing some top quality players in the cutting edge of the pitch, (Harry) Kane and (Heung-min) Son. Even so you expected more in that performance.
“The spark could be Son. Moura and Son, over there, breaking on this Ajax team. You go away from home and you get a little bit more space, the home team can go and attack you. Spurs are capable, with Moura and Son in the team, to hit teams on the counter.”
Tottenham were poor in this fixture but it was also clear that they missed their South Korean attacker throughout. Suspended after a booking v Manchester City in the quarter-finals, his return for the second leg will undoubtedly give them more of a presence in attack.
Fernando Llorente’s presence made Tottenham play straight into Ajax’s hands and with Son involved fans can expect to see a far more impactful display from Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
In fact, you would go as far as saying Spurs should rest Son for the weekend clash with Bournemouth, considering how important he is to the second-leg.
A fresh Son could indeed be the spark Tottenham need to turn this game around.