Tottenham Hotspur‘s recent triumph over a struggling Leicester City side saw Heung-min Son recover from his recent slump in brutal fashion, with the South Korea international netting a blistering 13-minute hat-trick having only entered the fray as a second-half substitute.
That ruthless, clinical showing had come after a rare barren run for the 30-year-old in recent weeks, with the fleet-footed forward having failed to score and registered a single assist in all competitions prior to the win over the Foxes.
An unusually anonymous figure for the Lilywhites since the start of August, there had been calls for the £67.5m-rated ace to be dropped in recent weeks, with manager Antonio Conte finally withdrawing the typically reliable superstar from the starting XI on Saturday.
The £192k-per-week machine’s subsequent display off the bench against Brendan Rodgers’ side has served as a reminder of just what a talent he is, with the 100-cap gem having only recently claimed the Premier League Golden Boot last term – alongside Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah – after netting a remarkable haul of 23 goals.
This latest treble ensures that the 6-foot marksman’s overall record with the north Londoners now stands at a hugely impressive tally of 134 goals and 75 assists in 334 games in all competitions, having proven himself a crucial asset for the club since his £22m arrival from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2015.
Sporting director Fabio Paratici may well be hoping to find Spurs’ next Son in the near future, with the Italian believed to be tracking another starlet at the BayArena in the form of Moussa Diaby.
Recent reports have suggested that the explosive Frenchman has been the subject of interest from a number of Premier League sides, with Tottenham believed to be one of the clubs who watched the 23-year-old in action in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid in midweek.
The highly-rated youngster – who notably netted in that win over Diego Simeone’s side – was believed to be a target for Paratici and co over the summer, while Newcastle United were also heavily linked with a move in the recent window.
The Magpies reportedly abandoned a deal due to the potential hefty financial package it would take to land the winger, with reports revealing that the France international could cost in the region of £60m.
The former Paris Saint-Germain man has warranted such a price tag and such attention due to his impressive form in Germany of late, however, having scored 36 goals and registered 39 assists in 134 games in all competitions since his arrival at the club three years ago.
The Paris-born starlet notably registered 17 goals and 14 assists in all competitions for the Bundesliga side last term, with only Harry Kane (37) and the aforementioned Son (34) recording more goal involvements among the Spurs squad during the 2021/22 campaign.
With his “electrifying pace” – as lauded by journalist Aaron Stokes – and ability to feature on either flank, the 5 foot 7 menace no doubt bares some similarities to the latter man, with the Korean sensation having also previously caught the eye during his time in Leverkusen with 40 goal involvements in just 87 games.
Although Diaby certainly won’t come cheap, a move in the near future could well prove worth it if he is able to emulate the success of the lethal Son.