Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min formed a partnership that achieved legendary status in the Premier League.
With Kane’s departure from Tottenham Hotspur, Son is facing the challenge of proving himself once more. However, this season has seen a revitalized Son.
After a challenging 2022/23 season which was plagued by injuries, the 31-year-old appears to be back to his best, netting three times at Turf Moor and inspiring a late comeback against Sheffield United. This performance hints at how Ange Postecoglou intends to utilize Son.
Postecoglou has introduced a new attacking style since becoming Tottenham manager, emphasizing high-risk, attack-oriented football. This approach is evident in their impressive tally of 11 goals in just four league matches this season.
The structural changes in Postecoglou’s team are evident, with full-backs transitioning into central midfield roles and Yves Bissouma and Pape Sarr forming a double pivot in midfield. James Maddison has thrived as the creative force operating between midfield and attack.
Tottenham now play with high energy both in and out of possession, embodying Postecoglou’s “We never stop” philosophy, reminiscent of his time at Celtic.
For Postecoglou’s system to succeed, he needs an attacker who can stretch the pitch and exploit spaces behind the opposition’s defense. Son, as seen in his performance against Burnley and Sheffield United, possesses the skill set for this role.
With Kane’s departure, the responsibility falls on Son to provide more attacking output. Although Tottenham signed Brennan Johnson, he’s not a center forward, and Richarlison has not been at his best this season.
Son is being utilized as one of the Premier League’s best quick transition attackers, with Maddison supplying him and the 31-year-old is enjoying a resurgence.
As players age and injuries take their toll, they often adapt their game to play to their strengths.
Son, previously known for his pace and darting runs from the left wing, seems poised to undergo a positional shift from winger to center forward. This transformation could prove to be a masterstroke if Tottenham can sustain their strong start.
Spurs under Postecoglou is a work in progress, but the season’s start has been promising.
Tottenham’s impressive start to the season under their new manager includes four wins and a draw in their Premier League matches.
Their next significant test awaits Spurs on Sunday as they visit the Emirates Stadium. This highly anticipated fixture marks the first North London Derby of the season and is sure to be an enthralling encounter.