Son Heung-min has called on others to step up, now that Tottenham are without many of their key players, and the Spurs captain also remarked that some of his teammates should learn from their mistakes and avoid suspensions.
Tottenham’s injury list has grown considerably over recent weeks with Pape Matar Sarr, James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Richarlison, Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon, and Ivan Perisic currently on the treatment table.
Rodrigo Bentancur was also forced off with a knock on his ankle in the first half of the clash against Aston Villa.
In addition, Cristian Romero and Yves Bissouma were both suspended from Sunday’s clash, with the Argentine also set to miss the match against Manchester City next week.
Despite being down to the bare bones, Ange Postecolgou doubled down on his attacking, high-risk approach on Sunday, and it would have paid off if the Lilywhites had not been wasteful in front of goal.
Tottenham must be smarter with suspensions
Son refused to use Tottenham’s injuries as an excuse but he called on some of the players to learn from their mistakes and avoid suspensions in the future.
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The South Korean told Sports Chosun: “Injuries are not part of what we can’t control. They are a part of the game.
“Obviously, I wouldn’t want any player to get hurt. Our squad becoming thinner and weaker because of injuries is a part of football. Other players in the team train harder, and I think we need to step up more and have more responsibility in times like this.
“With yellow card suspensions, I think players need to feel a bit more responsibility. Players certainly learn from mistakes, so I hope that they can get mentally stronger from mistakes so that they can help the team better next time.
“We need to move on. We have no time to sit here at this place. I feel sadder than anyone else, but because we can move on even with these mistakes and defeats, I believe that we can still do it. We will prepare for the next game with positive thoughts and a positive mindset.”
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It is clear that Son is referring to Romero when he mentions players needing to take more responsibility and avoid suspensions in the future.
It is very easy for Postecoglou and the players to feel sorry for themselves amidst the current injury crisis but instead, they have not used that as an excuse and have continued playing with freedom and purpose.
Even though recent results have not gone our way, I remain very optimistic about our prospects for this season and beyond.