Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Heung-min Son is now playing as well as he ever done has since his switch to Tottenham Hotspur nearly nine years ago, remarking that the South Korean has grown with the extra responsibility following Harry Kane’s departure.
The forward has thrived in the number nine role and he has also become noticeably vocal on the pitch since being handed the captain’s armband by Ange Postecoglou.
Son led from the front against Manchester City on Sunday, working extremely hard off the ball and coming alive in the final third whenever Spurs broke beyond their opponents, just as he did to open the scoring early on at the Etihad.
His pressing from the front has been one of the key attributes of the style of football that the Australian has adopted since taking charge of the North Londoners.
Hoddle has high praise for Heung-min Son
Hoddle is loving what he is seeing from Son, suggesting that the Tottenham captain is relishing the chance to lead the line for Postecoglou’s men.
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The Spurs legend told Premier League Productions (03/12/23 at 1:15 pm): “I think he is loving the fact that he is captain. I think he is a different type of captain. It’s difficult to be a frontman and a captain. To be the hub of the team and organising. But leading by example, yes. If it wasn’t for inches against Aston Villa last week, then he would have had a hat-trick.
“He is playing down the middle, which I think he is enjoying – sometimes, you get that extra responsibility and your form goes out of the window. He is playing as good as he has ever played. I think he needs people around him to give him the deliveries and the options.”
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There are certainly several signs that Heung-min Son has come off age this season. Like many of the great goalscorers in the world, the 31-year-old is now perfecting the art of being prudent with his movement rather than wasting his energy and exploding to life at the right time.