There is something so relentless about Heung-min Son that a defining impact from his role on the left-hand side of Tottenham’s attack, particularly at Wembley, now seems inevitable in practically every match.
Tireless, tenacious, ruthlessly quick and the kind of forward who makes his own chances as much as he feeds off team-mates, he’s perhaps the only Tottenham player to truly benefit from the temporary change in stadium – the expanse feel of the Wembley pitch giving him those extra few yards to explode into.
14 of his 17 goals this season have come at home, including a strike against Juventus on Wednesday night as Tottenham unfortunately crashed out of the Champions League to the Serie A title-holders, an erroneous few minutes in the second half costing them dearly as Gonzalo Higuain and Paolo Dybala turned the tie in its head midway through the second half.
Before all that though, Tottenham were hitting their groove – the constant mobility and guile of their front four proving too much for Juventus’ monolithic defence to handle as they exploited the space between the backline and the midfield.
And it was Son who shone brightest for the hosts; he took seven chances at goal, completed two dribbles, made two chances and tellingly of his industriousness, also won two tackles. The South Korean earned his just rewards as well; as Kieran Trippier flashed a cross along the six yard box, his scuffed connection looped the ball beyond the grasp of a floored Gianluigi Buffon.
That goal wasn’t enough to see Tottenham through, but the 61-cap attacker was unlucky to end the night on the losing side. Home performances this season have not only made him one of Spurs’ most important players but also one of the most devastating attackers in the Premier League.