‘No players are undroppable’ – Conte answers question on Heung-min Son

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Heung-min Son
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Antonio Conte has insisted that none of his Tottenham players are undroppable, even last year’s Golden Boot winner Heung-min Son. 

In the 2021/22 campaign, Sonny enjoyed the most productive season of his career, turning out 45 times across all competitions for Spurs, while scoring 24 and assisting 10 (TransferMarkt).

While that was enough to share the Premier League top scorer award with Mo Salah, Son remains a little off the pace this season, already ten strikes behind Man City’s Erling Haaland (BBC).

The South Korean recorded an assist in Tottenham’s opening day 4-1 win over Southampton, but has failed to come up with a goal involvement ever since.

After another below-par performance in the Champions League against Sporting Lisbon this week, Conte was once again asked whether Son was undroppable, with the likes of Richarlison and Kulusevski fighting for a spot in the XI.

Conte said (Football London): “No players are undroppable. This has to be clear.

“If I say this it’s only to help my players and to avoid injuries, to try to have players in a good performance. You know you can play one game well, another so-so and another not. My job is to protect my players and find the right way to get a good result.

“If you don’t start with some players then you have the possibility to use them in the game. If we want to play these four competitions, in the conference league it can give you the possibility to make rotations in the group stage and if you drop a bit of the quality you can maybe still win. In the Champions League, it is different.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

It’s hard to achieve success if you have undroppable players in your team, or at least the concept of an undroppable player. The second a footballer thinks they have a right to a spot in the XI without earning it is the second you fail as a manager. But I do think the time has come to give Son a rest on the bench for one game.

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