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Spurs star Heung-min Son badly disappoints in defeat to West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur slumped to defeat in a London derby against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Nuno Santo’s first-choice starting XI followed up from the second string’s 1-0 defeat in midweek with a narrow loss of their own as the Lilywhites badly struggled to create much at all.

The second half saw Spurs fail to register a single attempt on goal, a worrying sign considering they were chasing the game after 72 minutes and another sign that their old problems had been masked by recent results.

Irons talisman Michail Antonio tapped home from close range after Aaron Cresswell’s pinpoint corner but the north Londoners could not find a way back into the match, let alone ever get going.

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As a result of their impotence in the final third, plenty of the visiting Spurs faithful were quick to blast the performance of Harry Kane, their leading and solitary striker.

Completely passive,” “I actively hate him,” and “the worst player on the pitch all game” were just three phrases used to describe the England international in response to Press Association journalist Jonathan Veal.

But truth be told, he had very little to feed off and that boils down to Nuno’s creative options.

Heung-min Son leads the squad for this aspect, averaging two key passes per league game, but on the day, he was uninspiring, weak and rather lacklustre – perhaps for the first time this season.

As per SofaScore, the South Korean sensation recorded the lowest rating (6.4) of any Spurs star and that’s because he managed only one shot all game, which is 1.6 attempts below his season average, further suggesting he was under-par.

Elsewhere, he missed one big chance, which clearly proved costly in the end as his side were defeated. He was also the only player to not win a single duel, despite five attempts.

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The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick rated him as poorly as Kane (5/10) and claimed: Had a hesitant afternoon by his standards and could not make the most of two good openings in the first half.’

Son also lost possession 13 times from 54 touches, effectively once every four touches or once every 6.9 minutes, as per SofaScore. Furthermore, none of his six crossing attempts found someone in a white shirt, so no it’s no wonder the Spurs striker struggled overall.

So forget Kane, the £45m-rated star badly let Nuno down at the London Stadium but given his record in recent times, he will undoubtedly bounce back, with Burnley in the Carabao Cup and then Manchester United next weekend.

AND in other news, Nuno must offload “average” £18m-rated Spurs passenger, he “looks a shadow of himself”

Article title: Spurs star Heung-min Son badly disappoints in defeat to West Ham

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