Darren Bent has said that losing Son Heung-min is a “massive blow” for Tottenham Hotspur.
The South Korean suffered a fractured arm during his team’s 3-2 win against Aston Villa in the Premier League last weekend. He is expected to be out of action for the majority of the rest of the season.
“Yeah, it’s massive. He’s such a big player for them, so important for them, scores important goals,” Bent said to Football Insider.
“What I like about Son is he always seems to step up when Harry Kane’s not there.
“When Harry Kane’s not there he’s the one that goes: ‘I know everyone’s panicking Kane’s not here anymore but I’m telling you now we can still win games.’
“He steps up his performances and you can’t really hammer him.
“You talk about sometime he can be a bit greedy and choosing the wrong options but in terms of getting goals and important goals, Spurs fans love him because he’s been a top player for them.”
Jose Mourinho and finding a way to win without Son and Kane
There is no doubt that Son’s absence is a huge blow for the North Londoners, especially as Kane is also injured.
Son has been one of Tottenham’s best performers in recent seasons and a true fans’ favourite.
The 27-year-old Spurs ace has so far netted nine goals and provided seven assists in the Premier League this season from 21 appearances.
The injuries to Kane and Son mean that it will now be up to Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho to find another way to win without arguably the club’s two most-lethal attacking assets.
The likes of Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura will need to step up for Spurs.
However, the excellent recent form of Giovani Lo Celso will also be an encouraging sign for Tottenham in their search for a top-four finish and cup silverware.
While Bent’s assertion that Son’s injury is a blow for Spurs cannot be contested, the Lilywhites faithful will hope it is not definitive in the club’s 2019-20 objectives.
Tottenham have work to do in the Champions League after losing 1-0 to Red Bull Leipzig in midweek, while an FA Cup clash with Norwich City is on the horizon.
However, all eyes will be on Stamford Bridge this Saturday, as Spurs face rivals Chelsea in what will have a big bearing on the respective clubs’ top-four ambitions.