Following Antonio Conte’s decision to leave Son Heung-min on the bench against Leicester City, Owen Hargreaves has claimed that every team in Europe would love to sign the South Korean.
Son had a poor start to the season and had not scored a single goal in Tottenham’s first eight games across all competitions.
On Saturday, Conte finally decided to leave the 30-year-old on the bench and start with a front three of Harry Kane, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski.
When Son came on with a little over 30 minutes left in the game, he looked like he had a point to prove, and he certainly did that in spectacular fashion, scoring a quickfire hat-trick.
In his post-match press conference, Conte expressed his delight at the forward’s performance but he insisted that the Tottenham players need to get used to being rotated if they wish to compete for major honours on multiple fronts (Football.London).
Hargreaves suggested that sometimes you have to tread carefully with footballers when it comes to contracts and minutes on the pitch, but added that Son is humble and isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
When asked if every club in England would want the Tottenham star, the former Manchester United midfielder told Premier League Productions (17/09/22 at 7:00 onwards): “Forget any XI in the Premier League.
“Bayern Munich would rip your hand off for him. He has been in Germany, with Hamburg and Leverkusen. They would rip your hands off for him.
“Then you have your Spanish teams and you have the Italian teams. He’s the type of guy that everybody would be desperate to have. He’s marketable and ticks every box.
“Sometimes, that’s why you don’t upset these boys because they have a lot of options. When it comes to contract times and renegotiating, then you have to tread carefully. They are lucky he is just a humble guy and he won’t go anywhere.”
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For someone to suggest that any player would be upset at being benched on one occasion would be quite ridiculous, particularly given that Son came on against tired legs in the second half and scored a hat-trick.
Besides, Conte knows the kind of person the 30-year-old is, and the Spurs boss would have felt that the forward would accept his decision, and respond in the right manner.
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