Tottenham Hotspur dismantled Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Wednesday evening in a fixture which will live long in the memory of the stunned supporters.
Even in the absence of club talisman and chief goal scoring machine Harry Kane, Mauricio Pochettino’s side delivered a European masterclass against the Bundesliga league leaders.
With Son Heung-min continuing to operate in a more central role in attack, Spurs were clinical and decisive at the key moments.
It was a team performance which has been brewing beneath the surface for some time, but individually Son was completely exceptional.
Harry Kane who? The South Korea international’s reputation has rapidly been snowballing this season, with murmurs of potential candidacy for the player of the year award beginning to slip into the British media.
Those claims have certainly been enhanced by his latest showing, and the glowing verdict on his performance delivered by BBC Sport journalist, Phil McNulty, suggests he now sits within an elite bracket alongside some of Europe’s best, per BBC.
‘And in Son, Spurs have a remarkably consistent attacking operator of the highest class, tireless, dangerous, intelligent and never frightened of running the hard yards.
‘Son has also made Borussia Dortmund his personal playthings. He scored five in five games against them when he was with Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen in Germany and now has four in five games for Spurs in Europe. They must be sick of the sight of the South Korean.
‘He is the man keeping Spurs going in an attacking context in the absence of their big hitter and with Kane now on the brink of a return after his latest ankle problems, Son’s contribution cannot be praised highly enough.’
The feeling around Spurs when Kane suffered his injury was one of complete dejection and panic. How would Spurs cope in his absence? Calls for Daniel Levy to get his chequebook out and sign a new attacker were rife but the notoriously transfer-shy club stayed true to form.
Everyone knew that Son was capable of filling in at centre-forward but his temporary absence due to international duty deprived Pochettino of a solid option.
But even then it seemed that the former Bayer Leverkusen man was not considered a long-term answer. His performances in recent weeks, though, have surely changed that perception for good.
Son is just as effective if not more so when deployed through the middle, and his clinical finish to open the scoring showcased the type of composure and lethal instinct which is reserved for the very best strikers in world football.
As McNulty has summed up perfectly ‘he is remarkably consistent attacking operator of the highest class’, so why bother signing a new centre-forward when Pochettino has two of the very best at his disposal?