Pochettino reveals Son’s learning curve after his first season at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has lavished praise on Son Heung-Min after the South Korean popped up with another important goal to secure all three points for Spurs against Newcastle.

The attacker has had an unbelievably hard schedule in recent times as he featured more times for Spurs than any other player last season, was then involved in the World Cup as well as the Asian Games before returning to Spurs, and then went away to participate in the Asian Cup last month.

After South Korea were knocked out of the tournament, Son said that he was running on empty, but the energy levels he has shown against Watford and Newcastle have been extremely impressive.

Speaking after the game against Newcastle Son admitted to being tired but said the games were too important to miss.

Speaking of Son’s energy levels, Pochettino said the South Korean was like a battery and keeps going until he is completely exhausted.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Pochettino told Football.London, “He works so hard, always pushing, never gives up. He try try try. He’s like in his effort with and without the ball, he’s very regular and consistent and that is most important.

“Sonny is like when you have a battery, you work work work and then the battery is gone. He is like this, he gives you everything and when he’s exhausted he says ‘I need to change’ or needs to rest. He’s like this. Always on the pitch he’s 100 per cent in every action without or without the ball. That is the most important thing, it’s a very good example for everyone, watching him play.

“Of course after the first season he understood what we expected of him. He’s now if you see him, he’s one of the players who is always moving on the pitch, trying to get the best position in defensive and offensive situations. Always giving options to team-mates, running forward, dropping and then arriving from the second line. He is a very complete player today and we are so happy with his performance.”

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