Tottenham Hotspur have been handed one massive boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle United this afternoon…
According to reports earlier in the week, two unnamed Spurs stars had tested positive for the ongoing pandemic having trained on Thursday and both will have to isolate for ten days, as a result.
One of these players was rumoured to be Heung-min Son, who had returned from international duty with South Korea, after the Evening Standard claimed he was ‘not expected’ to feature up at St James’ Park in a now altered article (via HITC).
But in a stunning new twist, South Korean outlet Yonhap News Agency have revealed that the 29-year-old has actually tested negative and is likely to start for the Lilywhites.
A source close to the £76.5m-rated Spurs attacker said: “Tonight, I was contacted by the agent saying, ‘Son has tested negative and will play against Newcastle tomorrow (17th).”
This will come as a huge source of encouragement for the under-pressure Nuno Santo as he’ll have his star performer involved in what is sure to be an intriguing encounter.
United have finally been taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium, so the atmosphere in the northeast is expected to be electric and on a whole different level now Mike Ashley is out the door.
Spurs had lost three straight league games in a row, conceding three times in each, before their win over Aston Villa before the international break and the Portuguese coach will want to see that form continue now the Premier League has returned.
His chances of leading his side to a victory in this match have been boosted tenfold with Son seemingly available.
WhoScored rank the versatile attacker amongst Spurs’ best two players so far this campaign and that’s hardly a surprise as he’s currently their top goalscorer on three goals (50% of their overall total).
He also tops the charts for shots (3.2) and key passes (1.5) per game and isn’t far behind for dribbles per game (1.7) either. Son is currently a bigger threat than Harry Kane, so it’s easy to see why Nuno would need his services this weekend.
It was the South Korean sensation who inspired the Lilywhites to the victory over Villa.
“Sometimes games are determined by outstanding players and they had that player on the pitch in Son who won the game for them today,” claimed opposition manager Dean Smith. “Sometimes you have to tip your hat. He was the outstanding player and the difference between the two sides.”
Nuno will surely be delighted with this latest development ahead of kickoff.
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