Finding a striker to ease the workload on Harry Kane has been an underlying issue during Mauricio Pochettino’s time at Tottenham Hotspur, with signings Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente struggling to fulfil expectations, and could now become an even more prevalent one after the England forward hobbled off during the 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
At the time of writing, it’s yet to be confirmed how long Kane will be out for – if at all – but a solution to a problem that has often dogged the north London club in recent seasons and cost them a considerable sum in the transfer market presented itself at the Vitality Stadium in the form of versatile attacker Heung-min Son.
The South Korean has adopted a variety of roles during his Tottenham career, but chances as a central striker have been few and far between. That’s the position he took up on Sunday after Kane was forced off through injury though, and the one he quickly relished in to grab an impressive brace that combined technical quality with incredible speed and energy.
Indeed, after Dele Alli had cancelled out Junior Stanislas’ opener with a close range finish, Son peeled away at the back post to latch onto the England international’s cross and scuff the ball beyond a flailing Asmir Begovic.
And when it was Bournemouth’s turn to search for an equaliser, the 61-cap international shrewdly prevented a quick Cherries free kick before eventually latching onto a dispossession in midfield, running the entire half unopposed and eloquently taking the ball around Begovic for Tottenham’s third.
While Son may be a different kind of presence to Kane and Llorente, who both have the natural power and height to hold up the ball, his pace and his relentless work-rate – something two tackles and two interceptions on Sunday directly alluded to – can create just as many problems for defenders, especially if Tottenham adapt their game to provide the right service for him to latch onto.
So, Tottenham fans, for the occasions in which Kane isn’t available going forward, which attacker would you like to see Pochettino turn to? Let us know by voting below…