Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min was left visibly frustrated on Thursday night despite the Lilywhites winning in emphatic fashion in the North London Derby.
The South Korean got his name on the scoresheet in the early stages of the second half to complete the scoring in what was a huge win for Antonio Conte’s men.
Was Conte right to take Son off?
However, the 29-year-old was withdrawn after 72 minutes in N17 and it was evident he was not pleased with Conte’s decision with around 20 minutes of action still to play.
Son is now very much in the running to pick up the Premier League Golden Boot award as he sits just one goal behind Mohamed Salah (22) with two games to go.
“Lucas and Bergwijn replace Son and Kulusevski. Son doesn’t look too happy, maybe because he feels he can score a goal or two more, but Conte has to think about Sunday,” Gold tweeted.
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
The pair were seen after the game hugging it out with three massive points under their belt, so it seems there is no lasting frustrations from Son, but you don’t want to upset one of your star man.
But it is perhaps understandable to see Son initially disappointed not to be given the remainder of the game to at least catch up the Liverpool man’s tally ahead of the final two games.
However, there is a much bigger prize on the line for Spurs in these final games and it is apparent Conte wanted to make sure Son was rested for Sunday’s game against Burnley.
And looking at Tottenham’s final two games, Burnley and Norwich City have conceded a combined 127 goals this season so there should definitely be opportunities for Son to add to his 21 goals.