Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Louis Saha has been discussing the club’s current attacking options, and suggested Heung-min Son might not be the right man to lead the line for Spurs this season.

After a summer of speculation, Spurs sold Harry Kane to Bayern Munich last month. Naturally, losing a player of that calibre has left the Lilywhites with a considerable gap to fill in their forward line.

Ange Postecoglou did not sign a new striker before the transfer window closed. Instead, he opted to start the new Premier League campaign with Richarlison in the number nine role.

Despite some hard-working displays, the Brazilian is still without a league goal this season, however, he did score in the Carabao Cup defeat to Fulham.

With Richarlison suffering a slight knock in that game, Postecoglou put his captain, Heung-min Son, in the centre forward role for last weekend’s 5-2 win at Burnley.

The South Korean ended that game with a hat-trick, and, according to Dean Jones at GiveMeSport, Son will continue to play as a striker for Spurs. 

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate James Maddison after scoring the team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on September 02, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Can Son lead the line for Tottenham?

In Louis Saha’s opinion, however, Son may not be the answer to Tottenham’s needs. At least, not in the more difficult games this season.

He told Paddy Power: “Having Son playing as a striker could be one solution for Tottenham this season, but only for certain types of games, as last season he would always be on the wing providing space and chances for Harry Kane.

“On a day where everything clicks for Tottenham and they create ten chances, obviously a player like Son with his quality will score goals. On a day where things are a bit tighter and more difficult, he’ll need to have the instinct of a striker.

“This is where it will be difficult for him and where he has to improve because he will have to be a bit more patient, not be frustrated, and score on his first opportunity which is definitely the hardest thing to do. He’s capable of doing it and he will improve especially now he has more responsibility, so there is a chance of a transformation for him. 

“It’s not his natural quality so he will have to adapt in different games. Richarlison needs to do better to impose himself as the number nine at Spurs.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It’s hard to say whether Sonny and Richarlison will be enough to see us through to January, or even the end of the season. If we need more firepower by the New Year, we should sign Ivan Toney. If we can last until the end of the season, we should move for Evan Ferguson – regardless of cost.

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