Despite beating Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week, Wembley stadium still appears to be a negative factor in Tottenham’s domestic efforts.
The scoreless encounter with Swansea City on Saturday represented the third Premier League game in a row in which the Lilywhites dominated possession and largely controlled proceedings but couldn’t find the cutting edge to get themselves over the winning line, also losing to Chelsea before drawing with Burnley.
However, that certainly wasn’t for the want of trying; Spurs peppered Lukasz Fabianski’s goal with a staggering 26 attempts, eight of which were on target, and finished up with a whopping 75% possession.
And no individual made a more concerted effort to break the deadlock than Son Heung-Min, who took seven shots at goal, completed the most dribbles of any Spurs player, put in two tackles and laid on three chances for his team-mates – highlighting the sheer energy he gives to the north London outfit.
The fact Son started the match as a wing-back but then moved up to serve as a support act to Harry Kane in the second half hows how selfless a member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad he is. Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has recently compared Son to his former team-mate Park Ji-Sung, with a fantastic attitude, selflessness and energy being amongst their similarities.
As quoted by Goal, he said of the Tottenham attacker…
“I played with Park Ji-sung at Man United, and they have similar qualities. Their attitude is fantastic. They give energy to their team. Park became a legend at Man United – unselfish work, played in big games. Everyone remembers he stopped [Andrea] Pirlo in the Champions League, he was great to play with, a nightmare to play against. I think Son is going the same direction with what Park did at Man United. Maybe Son scores more goals, Park is more of a team player, but they have similar qualities.”