Heung-min Son proved Tottenham’s hero on Sunday afternoon, scoring twice in the club’s 4-1 comeback victory over Premier League counterparts Bournemouth.
With Harry Kane ruled out of contention through injury after just 30 minutes, it was his South Korean teammate who stepped up – just like he did in his prolonged absence last term – to pull Spurs through the tie.
Striking twice at the Vitality Stadium to take his more recent tally to seven goals in four games, the 25-year-old ensured the points would be Spurs’ as he took on a central role, both positionally and metaphorically.
After going a goal behind to a well-taken Junior Stanislas strike, Dele Alli had pulled the visitors level, setting the stage for Son to continue his fine run of form before Serge Aurier added a late fourth.
Son’s first was a volley fired into the ground and looped over an outstretched Asmir Begovic, while his second – reminiscent of his strike against Huddersfield – saw him round the Bournemouth keeper before finishing into an empty net.
In total, the 25-year-old fashioned six attempts at Begovic’s goal, four of which were on target. He also completed a joint-best three dribbles and contributed defensively with two tackles and two interceptions.
Following his match-winning performance, Tottenham fans took to Twitter to praise Son and his undoubted importance to Pochettino’s special Tottenham side:
Heung-Min Son’s last four Spurs games:
Man of the moment.
Stepped up. ???? pic.twitter.com/ELqWtpqDka
— ?Hotspur Hotline (@julesbevis) March 11, 2018
Spurs Heung-Min Son has been excellent the last few months really showing his quality of this continues until the end of the season could be in the @premierleague team of the season IMO
— HERRON (@herronaitor) March 11, 2018
Pep Guardiola is gonna call Tottenham the “Heung-Min Son Team” now
— UEFA Champions League (@HolyFornaroli) March 11, 2018
Heung-Min Son is absolute ??????
— Ben Mitchell (@benmitchell__) March 11, 2018
I just went through the dictionary searching for ‘Underrated’ and ‘Heung-Min Son’ appeared as the definition.
— Daniel. (@Danderweireld) March 11, 2018
Heung-Min Son is on fire at the moment. Doing big things for Tottenham Hotspur.
— M.O Oladipo (@Game_buoy) March 11, 2018
— Chris Baker (@CDBaker86) March 11, 2018
4-1 to the Heung-min Son team.
— Tyler Gerrard (@Tyler11747746) March 11, 2018
Always an outstanding attitude from Heung-Min Son, that's why he's such a vital cog to this Tottenham team #COYS
— Zoe Pearson (@Z_PearsonTHFC) March 11, 2018
— Greg Davenport (@Davenpuerte) March 11, 2018
— Brad Rose (@Brad_Rose87) March 11, 2018
If Heung-Min Son knew how much i loved him, he might he a bit scared. Thinking of getting a huge chest tattoo of his face like Jed in I'm Alan Partridge.
— Rob Davies (@ByRobDavies) March 11, 2018
Heung-Min Son is the most underrated player in the premier league, don’t @ me
— Brandon Hammé (@brandon_hamme) March 11, 2018
Words can’t describe my love for Heung-Min Son.
— Pochciple (@Pochciple) March 11, 2018
Tottenham may now face a spell with Harry Kane on the sidelines, and with a top-four finish and FA Cup spot still to fight for, Son will relish yet another chance to step up as the club’s main man.
His brace against the Cherries represented a rare commodity this season, being only his second and third away goals of the campaign, and he will need to improve this record if he is to steer the Lilywhites through the run-in.
Nonetheless, his contribution means Spurs are now unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games – only once before have they been on a longer run without defeat in the competition.
The former Bayer Leverkusen winger, who was almost sold by the club in the summer, continues to repay the faith that manager Mauricio Pochettino has shown in him.