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Forget Romero: Heung-min Son let Spurs down v Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur’s struggles under Antonio Conte continued on Wednesday evening as they recorded a fourth defeat in five against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Clarets defender Ben Mee headed home the only goal of the game in the 71st minute, meeting Josh Brownhill’s far-post free-kick to succumb the Italian and his men, who looked a shadow of the side that defeated Premier League leaders Manchester City only a few days ago, to yet another loss.

The 52-year-old head coach would then throw doubt on his future at Spurs in his post-match interview, though some of his remarks were true as he was badly let down by several of the club’s long-serving stars.

“I need to talk to the club. Tottenham have to make an assessment about the club, about me. We need to find the best solution. I can’t accept to keep losing. I’m sorry,” he said, as relayed by Fabrizio Romano on Twitter. “Here coaches change, but players are always the same… but results don’t change.”

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For instance, Cristian Romero was enjoying a pretty solid game up until he was beaten by Mee for the winner. And it’s those sorts of defensive mistakes that have been a recurring problem for the north London outfit in recent seasons.

But it’s not the Argentine’s fault that they lost as there were plenty of other players that let Conte down – just as he says, the coaches always change but not the players.

And whilst Heung-min Son isn’t usually a problem, he struggled to have any sort of impact in the final third and that may have cost them at Turf Moor.

“Son very disappointing,” claimed the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, whilst reporter Alasdair Gold graded him as the worst performer on the night.

‘Struggled for quality in the final third until his free-kick found Kane after the break with the striker hitting the woodwork. An off night for the South Korean star after his fine display at the weekend. He struggled with his end product,’ he wrote.

Indeed, the 29-year-old failed to register a single shot throughout the 90 minutes he was on the pitch. Spurs fired 12 attempts in total with only two on target.

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Elsewhere, Son was found offside once, had the fewest touches of any starter (39) and won only four duels all game, none of which being in the air, as per SofaScore.

The £72m-rated South Korean has been Tottenham’s key man in attack this season, leading the squad for goals (nine), assists (five) and chances created (2.1 key passes per game), via WhoScored.

On that evidence, he was way off it against Burnley and as such, he badly failed Conte and the team. Romero may take plenty of flak for switching off in that one moment but aside from that, he was very reliable.

It’s players like Son who should be doing much better against the lowly Clarets.

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