Tottenham Hotspur’s patchy form continued with a 2-1 loss at Southampton last weekend. Relegation-threatened Southampton fought back from a goal down to beat Tottenham at The St Marys’ Stadium on Saturday.
Harry Kane had given Tottenham the lead before late goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse turned the game on its head.
But before the game, Tottenham fans were furious with Mauricio Pochettino’s selection; a decision which appeared to be justified at full-time. Son Heung-Min, who has been one of Tottenham’s best players in recent weeks, was dropped to the bench as Dele Alli returned to the fold.
While Kane was out injured, Son was the man who stepped up, operating out of his natural position by playing as a centre-forward and thriving with the newfound responsibility.
But since Kane’s return, Son has had to work around the England striker. The South Korea international was forced back to the wing before being relegated to the bench last weekend.
Tottenham fans were not happy with Pochettino’s decision to either drop or rest Son. If he was dropped, it made little sense as Son has been in fine form. And if he was rested, that also makes little sense with a lengthy break coming up.
Here is what Spurs fans were saying about Son being benched against Southampton.
Actually livid with the management, Lucas was not at it at all and obviously needed subbing off, we wait until gone the 70th minute to get Son on. We have to kill games off!!!
— Dean Gibson (@Ripvandinkle) March 9, 2019
Who thought benching Sonny was a good idea? Serves you right. Can only blame the coaches. Without Kane and Dele, Spurs 2nd in PL and blowout match in the CL. Now, PL top 4 is gone. Nice one Poch!
— Tayo Kim (@TayoMello) March 9, 2019
no sonny..I am not happy
— 박상규 (@whoami0616) March 9, 2019
Kane was wasteful but he has continued scoring but entirely to the detriment of Sonny’s game .. Poor Sonny doesn’t know where to play . I feel for him, it’s been like thank you very much now move over ?
— ??乇koω Ayensu 乇ssαħ ?? (@ekowayensu__) March 9, 2019
no goals sonny=no win game
— dj.Kim (@nats486) March 9, 2019
Sonny is always dedicated and best played for the team. But team doesn't seem to know that…
— 동결 온리? (@mioky23w) March 9, 2019
Kane injured returns, lolente dropped, spurs lose 2-1
Alli injured returns, son dropped,
Spurs lose 2-1.
— kanyama_frank (@kaysfrank) March 9, 2019
Why no Son..oh Poch
— Wilson Martis (@Wilson_Martis) March 9, 2019