Poch claims he wasn’t crazy to sub off a substitute

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung Min Son is having the season of his career, and may even be an outsider for player of the season.

He has averaged a goal a game since December 19th, scoring 11 in 11 in that time.

This amazing goal scoring form becomes all the more incredible when you remember Sonny has had to contend with playing at the World Cup, Asia Games, and Asia Cup in the last year, as well as his matches with Tottenham.

The South Korean looked fatigued when he came back from the Asia Games in late 2018, and the likes of Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela were above him in the pecking order at that time.

In Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Wolves in November, Son was actually subbed on and subbed off in the same match.

He replaced the injured Mousa Dembele early in the game, before being replaced by Eriksen after around an hour.

At the time, Pochettino claimed he was not crazy (Standard): “Because of an injury problem? No – because of his performance. Some people were killing me, saying: ‘Crazy Pochettino!’ Crazy? No. We’re not stupid, me and Jesus [Perez, assistant manager].”

The Argentine boss now believes that Son was not free enough mentally at this point in the season (Standard): “Many things affected him. In football, you must feel freedom. When you have too many things in your head, it’s impossible to feel creative. When you’re worried, it’s difficult to do your job properly. In football, you realise this more. Straight away we can feel when the player is happy, the player is worried, the player is nervous.

“Sonny, playing with freedom, is one player. But in games before November, he was thinking of the national team, and this and that, and it was impossible to perform.

“Since November he’s been doing a fantastic job for us, scoring goals and helping in a very delicate situation when players were injured. He stepped up.”

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