Micah Richards has told Sky Sports – as per Football London – that he believes Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min is just as good as Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Son, 28, was withdrawn at half-time during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon after picking up a hamstring injury. It is a huge blow for Spurs, given that Son already has five goals in five games – and laid on two assists.
The South Korea captain ins now in his sixth season at Spurs, clocking up 234 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham. He has netted 90 goals, while also creating 49 in that time – and has certainly established himself as irreplaceable at Spurs.
Former City man Richards has compared Son’s importance to Tottenham on a level par with £34million (BBC) Liverpool attacker Mane and City magician De Bruyne – claiming it is near-impossible to cope with the former Bayer Leverkusen star.
“His form is absolutely incredible,” Richards said. “Someone might want to man-mark him but when you’ve got this player in this sort of form, it doesn’t matter what you try and do. He always finds the spaces, he always looks to run in behind.
“What I like about Son the most is his composure in front of goal. He’s an absolute steal for Spurs. There’s a lot of talk about Mane and Kevin De Bruyne, but for me, Son is right up there. Spurs are lucky to have him, he’s an absolute treasure of a player.”
TBR’s view – Son, Mane or De Bruyne?
It is a difficult comparison given all three players play slightly differently. Son and Mane both play from the left flank but Mane – under Jurgen Klopp’s style of play – is more of a striker when Roberto Firmino drops in.
Son has the freedom of going all over, and takes advantage with full aplomb. De Bruyne, meanwhile, is the heartbeat of anything good Manchester City do from the middle of the park. It is impossible to pick one, given all three are equally crucial – and effective – in their different roles.