Spurs: Conte must ditch Son vs Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to return to winning ways against Leicester City on Saturday, having slipped to a disappointing defeat away to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

That surprise slip-up saw former Spurs youth star Marcus Edwards impress for the Portuguese outfit, with Ruben Amorim’s side clinching victory late on through goals from Paulinho and Arthur Gomes.

Although the manner of that late collapse was no doubt shocking, the north Londoners can have few complaints after what was an underwhelming display on the night, with manager Antonio Conte insisting that his side “can do much better”.

One man in particular who seemingly needs to do better is Heung-min Son, with the South Korea international continuing his recent barren run in that group stage defeat.

The 30-year-old is yet to score and has registered just a single assist in eight games in all competitions so far this term, with that dry spell a far cry from the explosive and consistent form that he showcased throughout the 2021/22 campaign.

The dynamic ace clinched the Premier League’s Golden Boot alongside Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah, having netted 23 times in the top flight alone, while he also chipped in with seven assists to cap a remarkable individual season.

Such explosive form has seemingly been the norm for the £67.5m-rated ace during his time with the Lilywhites to date, with his total tally currently standing at 131 goals and 75 assists in 333 games since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

Quite why there has been such a notable drop-off in the early weeks of the current campaign is hard to fathom, with even a player of his undoubted quality unable to escape the axe if Conte does decide to make a change sooner rather than later.

While BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand has suggested that it is “blasphemy” for supporters to call for the £192k-per-week winger to be dropped, it may well have come to a point where the 30-year-old simply needs to be taken out of the firing line.

As the Spurs boss himself recently suggested, Son – as with any player – is not “undroppable” despite his years of sparkling form for the club, with it perhaps time for a change to be made ahead of this evening’s clash against the Foxes.

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Unlike in previous years, Tottenham finally have genuine competition in the forward ranks in the form of Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison, with that duo both chomping at the bit for a regular run in the team at the Korean’s expense.

It would be no surprise to see the one-time Hamburg star come good, although Conte could well have been left with no choice but to ditch him against Brendan Rodgers’ side.