Alasdair Gold has claimed that Son Heung-min was lucky not to be hooked off on Boxing Day.
The journalist even claimed that had Richarlison been available, Antonio Conte would’ve likely replaced the South Korean, who disappointed yet again.
Son has suffered one of his worst seasons in front of goal at Spurs, with only five goals and two assists to his name so far this campaign.
Spurs have been left light up front at times this season, with Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski both suffering extended spells on the sidelines through injury.
And Gold feels this has led to the 30-year-old being given more chances to turn his form around than his performances have merited.
Speaking on the Gold and Guest talk Tottenham podcast, he said: “Still not the Sonny we know right now.
“You look at that stat and you can’t get away from it, he’s only scored in one Premier League game this season and he’s only scored in one Champions League game this season.
“Unfortunately we’re at the stage now where he’s played in so many different lineups in so many different tactics this season, he’s just going through a tough spell.
“I think if you had Richarlison on the bench, I would imagine he’d be getting hooked from some of these matches.”
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
As Gold mentioned, the incredible thing about Son’s record this season is all his goals have come in just two games, meaning he’s failed to find the net 18 times this season.
Last season he only blanked 20 times in the league and Europe, showing just how far off the pace he’s been.
With Richarlison injured and Lucas Moura and Bryan Gil completely forgotten by the Italian, Spurs are reported by Dean Jones to be after a forward signing.
It could be the best way to kick the South Korean back into form with him currently completely unopposed for his place in the starting line-up, with his reputation only taking him so far before he has to deliver again.