With Erik Lamela returning from injury and Lucas Moura arriving to much fanfare in January, Tottenham’s attacking midfield berth has never been as competitive under Mauricio Pochettino as it is right now. Despite the fact the Brazilian winger is yet to actually start a Premier League fixture for his new club, his sheer presence in north London is keeping everybody on their toes.
And that, in turn, creates a question of who Tottenham’s most expendable attacking player actually is. Harry Kane won’t be dropped any time soon and Christian Eriksen’s mixture of creativity and technical quality still feels uniquely invaluable to this Spurs side.
Accordingly then, it’s Dele Alli and Heung-min Son who find themselves most under threat.It’s clear the latter is rising to the challenge, marking his weekend with a match-winning performance against Huddersfield that saw him sink the relegation-threatened Terriers with a brace at Wembley.
Alli played his part too, providing the assist for the 61-cap South Korean’s opening goal, but Son’s performance was far superior, pulling off the most dribbles, making the joint-most chances and taking the second-most shots of any Tottenham player despite being subbed off on the 69-minute mark.
Consequently, the pressure’s now on Alli to prove his qualities are as vital to this Tottenham team as Eriksen’s creativity and Son’s industriousness and goal threat. Now the most expendable of Spurs’ attacking midfielders on current form, failing to do so could quickly see the England international lose his place in the team to one of the two alternatives waiting eagerly on Tottenham’s bench.
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