Son Heung-Min has backed Lucas Moura to step up and replace Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur, per The Mirror.
Kane sustained ligament damage during the club’s 1-0 first leg Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City.
Kane may well be out for the remainder of the season but Spurs showed no signs of missing the England captain on Saturday, as they thumped Huddersfield Town 4-0.
Lucas, of course, scored a hat-trick in that victory, with Son laying on the assist for his third goal, threading a perfect through ball into the Brazilian, who smashed the ball into the top corner.
Son has been in excellent form thus far this season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions, and many will have expected him to be the man to replace Kane – he scored the only goal in the win over City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But he has now suggested that Lucas is, in fact, the man for the job.
Speaking to reporters, having been asked about the possibility of qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals, quoted by The Mirror, the £58.5million-rated star said: “We are 1-0 up but it’s only halfway.
“We have to go there and do what we did last Tuesday.
“We need to fight all together as a team, and enjoy the game. There’s nothing better than the Champions League quarter-finals at the moment. So we should just enjoy the moment and the game, but we should fight for the game.
“Of course Harry’s a big miss for us. But we have a big squad. Lucas showed that with three goals.
“Everyone is ready for this race and every single game. Of course, we are happy with this result but we have many games left until the end of the season. I hope we can keep up this level of performance.”
This suggests that Son is ready to cede control of the attack against City.
Lucas clearly has the ability to play through the middle, and this is a decision that Mauricio Pochettino has to make.
Pairing the two seems to make sense – the flexibility and fluidity offered by that particular attack may even see Spurs become even more dangerous than they are when they have Kane on the pitch.
Son is clearly ready for that eventuality, with the lumbering Fernando Llorente surely unlikely to be picked to play from the start.
With both Son and Lucas in such good form, the absence of Kane may not be as keenly felt as first feared.