Tottenham: Allen praises Son; Rose talks up Arenal-man for major role; Marcus Edwards hype
With the exception of Leicester, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham were the bust unit in the Premier League last season but stumbled over the final few games of the campaign. This season, Spurs look set for another strong push for at least a top four finish and their squad looks noticeably stronger.
Many were sceptical about the purchases of Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko, but their pair have excelled and were particularly impressive in last weekend’s 2-0 victory against Manchester City. Spurs’ squad looks deeper and Pochettino has more options to choose from, which will be important as the season goes on given how hard he works his charges and the intense playing style he demands.
Another player on the outer reaches of the squad who has come to the fore in recent weeks is Heung Min Son. The South Korean forward asked for a transfer during the summer, but was persuaded to stay and has since flourished. Former Spurs player Clive Allen has singled the former Bayer Leverkusen out for praise:
“He also has a change of direction and pace which is always vital, especially in one-on-one situations.
“As soon as you see him on the ball one-on-one you are confident he can go by the defender and with that in mind, team-mates will give him the ball and give him that opportunity to take players on.
“He looks a real danger at the moment and long may it continue.”
With Harry Kane out of the team with an ankle injury, it is vital that Spurs find ways to supplement the goals he brings, and Son is stepping up to the plate currently. Son’s career trajectory is another example of a player who took time to adapt to the English game, and sometimes it takes a few injuries to give players on the fringes of the squad an opportunity.
Elsewhere, in a statement that could leave some Tottenham supporters with mixed feelings, left back Danny Rose has tipped Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for the vacant England job. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Rose described some of the Gunners’ football under Wenger as breathtaking, and said that he would have no issues with Wenger taking the job. It’s the kind of professionalism you expect from players, who can’t be drawn into the petty rivalries the supporters revel in. Rose announced himself as a Spurs player with a stunning volley in Spurs’ 2-1 win over Arsenal in 2010.
Finally, West Ham youngster Reece Oxford has claimed that Spurs starlet Marcus Edwards is one of the best players he has played with. Pochettino waxed lyrical about Edwards last month, even comparing his style of dribbling to a young Lionel Messi. Oxford impressed on the opening day of last season, when he starred in central midfield as West Ham won 2-0 at the Emirates. Edwards made his Tottenham debut in their 5-0 EFL Cup win over Gillingham at White Hart Lane last month.
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