Tottenham can now gradually reduce its dependence on Son Heung-min.
Tottenham beat Brighton 2-1 in the 24th round of the Premier League (PL) in the 2023-24 season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, at 0 a.m. on the 11th (Korea time). This will put Tottenham in fourth place with 14 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses (47 points) along with a five-game unbeaten streak (3 wins and 2 draws).
Manager Enze Postecoglou boldly excluded Son from the match against Brighton. The decision was made in consideration of Son, who has accumulated mental and physical fatigue due to the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 꽁머니.
In fact, Tottenham in the past would have sent Son Heung-min as a starting player even if he was tired. In fact, Son Heung-min played as a starting player as soon as he returned to the team during the 2019 Asian Cup. It is even harder to imagine Tottenham without Son Heung-min in the absence of Harry Kane, but Postecoglou knew that he had to reduce his dependence on Son.
A tight 1-1 match continued until Son Heung-min was replaced in the 17th minute of the second half, but Tottenham’s attack was quite well managed without Son. James Medicine was at the center of the midfield, and Hisalisson’s changed presence was extraordinary. Dejan Kulusevski and Timo Werner also played their roles. If the offense’s finishing ability was good, Tottenham showed a performance that was not strange to take the lead.
“Tottenham can now choose three strikers over Werner, Hishalisson, Kulusevski, Son Heung-min, and Johnson,” said The Athletic of England. Manor Solomon is still recovering from his injury. This fact puts him in a stronger position in the last 14 league games. Son is certain to return to the starting lineup against Wolverhampton, but Werner will remain an option to change the game on the bench. Tottenham’s midfielder is also much stronger than a few months ago.”
Even if the proposition that Son Heung-min is the most important player in Tottenham does not change, it is very positive that he now has the power to hold out without Son Heung-min. In the past, I was worried that I could not fill the gap without Son Heung-min, but now the team itself has become stronger, so I can feel less of a certain player’s absence.
If Son Heung-min is not physically exhausted or in perfect physical condition, he can come in as a lethal card like in the match against Brighton. In fact, at the beginning of the season, Postecoglou replaced Son in the middle of the second half when Son Heung-min’s physical condition was not perfect. It was Tottenham who endured that period well. It’s better not to be Son Heung-min’s one-man team, either for Son Heung-min or for Tottenham.