While Tottenham may have got back on track with a midweek victory over Brighton in the Premier League, Antonio Conte’s worries over Heung-min Son’s form will no doubt have persisted.
The South Korea international has found himself in a rut in recent weeks, despite notching two goals in his past four games for the north Londoners.
The versatile forward has seemed to be on the periphery of things during recent games, his usually clinical finishing and close control seemingly deserting him.
After a particularly anonymous showing against Manchester United, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville slammed Son and team-mate Harry Kane for their performances, saying: “It’s worth mentioning the two best players. Son was always on his backside and Kane gave the ball away more than I’d ever seen. About five, six times in that last 20 minutes. So they were really poor.
“When they got back to 2-2 they should’ve won Spurs that game but they were poor. They had their worst period of the game. Conte will be saying I want more from you.”
Then, in the game against Brighton, Son was a virtual passenger for the entire contest.
With a clash against top-four rivals West Ham on Sunday afternoon, Conte has a big call to make over whether he sticks with the £72m-rated 29-year-old for this crunch fixture.
The Italian has a number of options from the bench to whom he could turn, with the likes of Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn pushing for a place in the starting line-up.
Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski are locked-on starters for Spurs, but Son’s performances may have given Conte food for thought as to whether he makes the brave call of dropping one of his biggest stars.
Given his match-winning abilities and general record for the club, any notion of axing the South Korean would have been somewhat unthinkable even just a couple of months ago. However, given the nature of his recent form, that reality has sharpened somewhat recently.
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