Tottenham Hotspur have seen their title ambitions go south in recent weeks following a series of injuries to key players.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli are both out until March; whilst Heung-min Son has only recently returned from the Asia Cup where he has been playing for South Korea.
The South Korean offered Spurs a crucial boost for Saturday’s game with Newcastle and he duly came up trumps by netting a vital winner.
His goal on Saturday followed up a goal in the midweek win over Watford when once again he proved his worth.
Any club would struggle to replace the goals that Spurs are missing minus the prolific Kane, but in Son, they have a player who is more than capable.
Son is comfortable playing in any of the advanced roles and his presence in the Spurs side is sometimes undervalued.
The 26-year-old netted his 14th goal in all competitions on Saturday and in doing so handed Spurs fans a timely reminder of his quality.
Kane rightly takes the plaudits on a weekly basis but Son is now in the spotlight following the England man’s injury.
The challenge for Son is to prove that he can compete with Kane in the goalscoring charts on a more consistent basis.
With Spurs’ main man out until March at the very least they will need Son to burden the weight for goals in tough league games against Chelsea and Arsenal; whilst a Champions League encounter with Borussia Dortmund also lies in waiting.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are once again looking like a safe bet for Champions League qualification this season.
Son’s goals between now and Kane returning will be crucial in terms of confirming exactly what Spurs can achieve.