Alan Shearer has claimed that Son Heung-min’s anger at being taken off against Nottingham Forest is a positive sign, rather than something that Tottenham should be concerned about.
Son has completed the full 90 minutes just once this season – Tottenham’s opening day win over Southampton. The winger has made way in the second half of the North London club’s past three matches, with Richarlison replacing him against both Wolves and Forest.
When Conte introduced the Brazilian in Son’s place in the 74th minute at the City Ground, the 30-year-old did not look best pleased to come off.
The forward was seen angrily gesticulating on the bench but Conte’s decision to bring on Richarlison had the desired effect, with the 25-year-old providing an inch-perfect cross for Harry Kane’s second goal just seven minutes after being introduced.
Shearer believes it is natural that Son would want to stay on the pitch and open his account for the season, and his anger is a positive sign for Spurs.
The Newcastle legend told Optus Sport: “I was really interested in Son’s reaction to being substituted. I totally understand it and I think that’s a good thing.
“He’s shown his anger that he doesn’t want to come off because there are still goals at stake and chances and he realises that Richarlison’s not there just to sit on the bench, he wants to be in the game as well.
“There’s anger because he feels that someone else should come off, take someone else off, not him. I don’t see that as being a problem, I think it’s a good thing.
“You can see his reaction, he’s just not happy at all and rightly so – ‘take someone else off but not me!'”
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Son’s anger and frustration was partly down to him being disappointed with his own performance. It is only natural that a world-class goalscorer like the South Korean will be desperate to get off the mark in front of goal. I do not think Conte would be too concerned about the 30-year-old’s reaction.
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