The child wants to find the light. Since the start of the 2022-23 season, the South Korean has looked like a shadow of himself. Good trigger, the striker, whose duo with Harry Kane has worked wonderfully in recent years, is not developing at his best level. Last year, he finished the season with a good record of 24 goals and 8 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions.
The chosen Golden Shoe of the Premier League 2022 with Mohamed Salah also had a great influence on the game. No one or almost no one resisted him last year. Despite his father’s declarations that pushed him to look elsewhere during the summer, Son remained faithful to Spurs, which he kept until 2025 last year. So everything seems to be in place for him to be in the best conditions to launch this new season, where the Londoners are strengthening themselves.
0 goals in 8 games this season
But Heung-min Son has had more than a dangerous start to the season. Not very efficient, he only gave one help. However, he has yet to open his goal counter in 644 minutes spent on the field. However, Antonio Conte continues to establish him as he has lined up from the start of the eight games he has played this season. However, he only played two games in total, he was often substituted 10-15 minutes from the end.
Patient with his star, Conte warned him on Monday in a press conference that he could send him to the bench. “I think if you’re trying to build something big… you have to change old habits”released the Italian, declaring that it would be foolish to do without such a player and that the other attacking elements of the team, which are Harry Kane, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski, will be put in the same boat.
Antonio Conte warned him
Despite this warning, Son did not find the net last night against Sporting CP (2-0 loss). His performance again worried the English press, who found him unrecognizable. Made some good runs but eventually struggled to do much in the zone before being replaced by Kulusevskidiscarded Soccer London who gave it a score of 5. Same score for Daily Express who commented: “The South Korean is not at his usual level of efficiency. He has been replaced.”
Journalist for RMC Sports and Premier League specialist Salim Baungally was also surprised. “What happened to Heung-min Anak is very strange. After an absolute lunacy last season, we’re waiting or hoping for him to confirm. Spurs’ pre-season was very heavy, I insist on that. This is the first time that Conte has players for preparation. We see videos of Son and other players suffering during training as Conte demands more self-sacrifice. Ultimately, it leads to fatigue and extreme fatigue..
A trio that doesn’t work very well
He followed: “We can point the finger at Son but the whole team as a whole, even if it ranks well in the league. At the end of his games, Tottenham is not unique. The encounters are quite average. The Son-Kane link at the moment does not work at all. Kulusevski paid the price for the arrival of Richarlison and the new trio also did not work except for OM. There is a question of digesting the preparation of the summer and the formation of a new trio, not to mention the matches every 3 days with different intensity because we are talking about the Champions League. He is paying the price at the moment”.
Despite everything, Antonio Conte does not want his player to be overwhelmed. Yesterday, after the loss, he sent a message to his entire team. “I told my players that the details lead to the final result. We don’t deserve to lose, but we don’t deserve to win either. We have to analyze what happened to the players.”. Heung-min Son, who never shined, needs to bounce back from his stall at the start of the season. But last year, in the same period, he scored just 2 goals in 5 appearances before going full speed afterwards. He has the chance to start on the right foot on Saturday against Leicester or try to improve in selection during the international break.