Darren Anderton singles out Spurs player for special praise

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton has praised Heung-min Son for his current run of impressive form.

Despite missing a number of games due to international duty for South Korea at both the Asian Games and Asian Cup, Son has been arguably Tottenham’s best player this season.

Since returning from his latest spell away from the club, Son has scored in both fixtures. Firstly, he scored the equaliser against Watford and then bagged the winner against Newcastle United last Saturday.

The brace of goals took the 26-year-old’s tally to 10 goals in his last 12 top flight appearances for the club.

With Harry Kane and Dele Alli both sidelined through injury, Son has once again shown his worth in helping to fill the goalscoring void left by the pair.

Anderton who played over 300 games for Spurs believes that Son offers something unique to the side in how he plays and is able to terrorise defenders for the full 90 minutes.

He told the Daily Mirror: The way he has played this year, he has been absolutely on fire.

“When he first came he excited the crowed but sometimes maybe he’d give the ball away and in the final third his quality wasn’t that good.

“But he has just got better and better, which is typical of players under Mauricio Pochettino — he just improves them.

“Now Son has so much self-confidence, he gives 110 per cent, he’s direct and defenders must hate playing against him because he doesn’t just do the easy thing.

“He runs behind them, he gets the ball and tries to get at them, he shoots and his quality, left or right-footed, is different class.

“He has been one of the players of the season in the Premier League.

“He had a great World Cup as well but just in terms of what he has done for Spurs this year, he has been outstanding.

“He is getting every single thing that is possible out of himself as a player and you have to appreciate that.”

He added: “I don’t know if there are any similarities between us — he’s sharper than me.

“He’s a great finisher and when he’s out wide he gets the ball and delivers.

“That’s the biggest thing, he makes things happen, just through doing the right thing in the final third, getting shots in, producing crosses.

“That’s what I used to think and what my old coaches would say: ‘Get in the final third and it’s crosses and shots, crosses and shots.’

“It entertains the crowd as well and gives them a lift.

“When you’re playing you can feel that anticipation, you can feel the sense in the crowd when you get the ball that you can do something and that’s a pretty good feeling.

“Son is quite unique.

“Sometimes when players do things that quickly and at pace, and have that much energy and try that hard, they lose a bit of quality, but he doesn’t.

“You see wingers getting the ball and dribbling past one, dribbling past two and then they get sloppy, the final ball is nowhere near good enough.

“That could have been said of many wingers over the years. But he doesn’t, he has the full package.

“When Sonny plays, teams become scared of him and they sit deeper and deeper, and that gives Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and those players who also have that real quality the space to make things happen as well.

“He’s also running at the same intensity in the 90th minute as he is in the first — it’s actually quite frightening.”

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