In comments reported by Football London, Roy Hodgson has lauded Heung-min Son’s performance in Tottenham Hotspur’s emphatic 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Spurs secured the three points in some style at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with all of the damage being done during the first-half.
Son bagged two goals inside the first 23 minutes, while Patrick van Aanholt turned Serge Aurier’s cross into his own net. The fourth goal would come just before the interval as Erik Lamela scored his second of the campaign.
Hodgson not only felt that Son was excellent during that first-half, but he also lauded the South Korean’s work-rate after the break to help ensure that Tottenham kept their first clean sheet of the season.
“Son’s performance was outstanding in that first half and it was quite interesting that in the last seconds of the game he was the one sprinting back to try to tackle and stop us scoring at 4-0 up,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“Technically they were very good today and the quality of the passing from their two centre-backs was outstanding, but they probably won’t get the credit for that because centre-backs don’t.”
With Son yet to score this term before Saturday’s win, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that his brace against the Eagles proves to be the catalyst that leads to the 27-year-old rediscovering the form that he showed last year.
Son has scored 38 Premier League goals across the last three seasons, while he has contributed 18 assists in that same period.
And his performance on Saturday hints that he is ready to make significant additions to those numbers over the next year.