Son Heung-min continues to be badly evaluated.
Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-4 to Manchester City in the 7th round of the 2022-23 season English Premier League (EPL) held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England at 5 am (Korean time) on the 20th (Korean time). With this, Tottenham remained in 5th place in the league (33 points). 안전놀이터
Tottenham, who caught the flow by scoring two points at the end of the first half, suffered a come-from-behind defeat by conceding four runs in the second half. The defense was especially disappointing, but the offense was also sluggish. Harry Kane was also silent, and Pierre-Emile Hoivier and Rodrigo Bentancur, who were showing off their scoring ability, did not have much activity. Dejan Kulusevski struggled alone, but there was no goal in the second half and the match was lost 2-4.
Son Heung-min also failed to live up to expectations. Although he has been criticized for his poor scoring ability this season, expectations were high for his sharp appearance against Manchester City every time. However, Son Heung-min did not shoot except for the scene where he connected an Emerson cross with a header in the first half. Key pass and dribble success were zero. There was no Son Heung-min, who chilled the conversation whenever he met Manchester City.
America’s ‘CBS Sports’ poured out a cool criticism towards Son Heung-min. The media said, “Son Heung-min is not the same as before. When counterattacking, his body looked heavy and his explosive speed disappeared. Son Heung-min, who was faithful to his instincts, now seems to have too many thoughts. This is the appearance. Antonio Conte believes in Son Heung-min, who is not in good shape, but now he is an obstacle.”
“When you see Son Heung-min touching the ball, there are too many unnecessary touches. No player can keep his place every time. The manager has to make a decision. Coach Conte is extremely reluctant to change the starting lineup he envisioned. But at this level, I think it’s time to make a new change.” It can be interpreted as meaning that Son Heung-min should be removed from the selection.
Other media outlets such as Britain’s ‘Evening Standard’ were of the same opinion. It was followed by the argument that Richarlison, who returned from injury, should work with Kane and Kulusevski instead of Son Heung-min. In the next match against Fulham, attention will be focused on what choice Conte will make with Son Heung-min.