Tottenham Hotspur legend and BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has praised Spurs forward Son Heung-min for looking “impressive again” and akin to his “former self”.
Son, who was ruled out with an arm fracture prior to the suspension of English football, took some time to find his feet after the Premier League restart.
He did just that against Arsenal on Sunday, immediately getting Spurs back into the game after Alexandre Lacazette’s opener.
With the help of a poor Sead Kolasinac backpass, Son ran onto the ball, outmuscled David Luiz, made space for himself and chipped the ball over Emiliano Martinez and into the net.
The South Korea ace went on to provide the assist for Spurs’ winner with his corner that Toby Alderweireld headed home, and could have got another if he’d picked out Harry Kane from a late break.
Son, the first player to score and assist in a Premier League match against Arsenal in eight years, made Crooks’ Team of the Week along with Toby Alderweireld.
“A goal and an assist in a north London derby is about as good as it gets,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport. “This was a game that was all about the result and to hell with the performance. Tottenham’s form has been so erratic recently a win against their biggest rivals was essential.
“Son Heung-min looked something like his former self. The South Korea international suddenly looked impressive again especially on the counter attack. His goal was beautifully taken but sadly I fear his return to form might be too late to get Spurs a Champions League spot.”
It’s not been a good season for Spurs by any means but at least winning the North London derby – and remaining unbeaten over the Gunners this season – is a rare positive, and Son was crucial to this important victory.
There is definitely more work to be done but, with the 6ft ace contracted to Tottenham until 2023 and now amongst the club’s veterans, his talent and experience will be crucial in ensuring Spurs can get themselves back into the upper echelons of the table.