A report from ESPN has offered a look behind the scenes of Antonio Conte’s tenure at Tottenham Hotspur, and may have the answer to Heung-min Son’s poor form this season.
Son won the Premier League Golden Boot award last season, scoring 23 goals in the league and another one in the Europa Conference League (Transfermarkt).
This season has been a far more frustrating one for the South Korea star. Son has registered just ten goals in all competitions this year (Transfermarkt) and has looked a shadow of his former self.
For some reason, Son appears to have lost all his confidence this term. The 30-year-old seems to be far more reluctant to take people on, his finishing skills have deteriorated, and even his link-up play with Harry Kane, usually so reliable, has taken a hit.
With Antonio Conte departing his role as Tottenham manager, many reports have now given an insight into what life was like at the club with the Italian in charge.
The latest, from ESPN, suggests Son in particular struggled with the training regime put in place by Conte.
According to sources within the squad, a number of players have “underperformed this season due to fatigue”, and there is a feeling that the training structure needed to be “modified in recognition of the unprecedented demands of a mid-season World Cup.”
Multiple sources have suggested this training regime has been a “significant factor” in Son’s “decline.”
It is thought the “repetitive nature” of Conte’s sessions had an “alienating” effect on players like Son, who were previously “willing to exhaust themselves if the end product was worth it.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Something has gone seriously wrong with Son this season, and this could well be the reason for his drop in form.
I just hope he can find his way back to where he was this time last year, and maybe a new manager can bring that out in Son.
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