Son Heung-Min is Tottenham Hotspur’s clutch player and that can no longer be disputed.
The South Korea international stepped up when his team needed him most against Manchester City and helped his side pull off perhaps their greatest victory of the last decade.
Without Harry Kane in the team, Son was tasked with scoring the goals to fire Spurs past City.
He did that, and how.
In a helter-skelter game that saw four goals scored in 11 minutes, Son netted twice after Raheem Sterling’s opener.
The first, a pot-shot after a rebound, left Ederson on his backside as the ball squirmed under his leg, while his second, a genuinely phenomenal strike from the edge of the area, marked him out as the world-class talent he has blossomed into in recent seasons.
Per WhoScored, however, this was a performance about more than just goals.
Son ran himself into the ground, constantly trying to make something happen. He had five shots at goal, despite touching the ball just 46 times.
He passed the ball 21 times, with a completion rate of 81%, completed one dribble and made three tackles.
He is that rarest of things: an unselfish striker with a compulsion to aid his team in every phase of play.
There is no player who so embodies Mauricio Pochettino’s mentality quite like Son.
He is tireless, clinical and superb both with and without the ball.
He also offers that brilliant quality of being excellent on the counter-attack and also when Spurs are looking to break down a team playing with a low block.
Against City, his two goals were both opportunistic and exceptional, and he will be sorely missed against Ajax in the first leg of the semi-final.
Yellow cards are unusual for Son but he will be absent from the clash with the Dutch giants at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium due to suspension.
Lucas Moura will probably replace Son in the XI; in reality, he isn’t at all replaceable.