Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Son Desperate to Put an End to Pochettino's Striker Search

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Son Desperate to Put an End to Pochettino's Striker Search

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent

MAURICIO POCHETTINO is searching this month for the forward with "the right profile" to improve Tottenham's attack yet perhaps the player is under his nose.

At Crystal Palace tomorrow, Pochettino is expected to bring in Heung-Min Son, who was signed for PS22million -- Spurs' third-most expensive buy -- last summer but has not started a Premier League fixture since the 0-0 draw with Chelsea on November 29.

Tottenham have been playing well, so Pochettino's reluctance to change is understandable. Yet at Leicester in midweek, Son made a highly persuasive case for selection.

In the FA Cup third-round replay, he scored the opening goal with a ferocious strike from just inside the box, before providing the second for Nacer Chadli with a pass of supreme vision and precision.

Having been first choice at Spurs after he signed, Son's progress was curtailed by a foot injury that ruled him out for six weeks between September and November. He had damaged the plantar fascia -- the band of tissue that stretches from the heel to the middle bones of the foot, which resembles a ligament. It is an injury that can take time to heal completely and under other circumstances, Son might have been out for longer. As a consequence, he struggled to reach his peak immediately after the injury but his midweek efforts suggest he is very close.

With two seasons of Champions League experience behind him at Bayer Leverkusen, the South Korean believes he can give Spurs significant help in the second half of the campaign. He enjoys the pace of English football and, after nearly five months here, is confident he can meet its challenges, as he did those of German football.

When he has started in recent weeks -- against Monaco in the Europa League and in the original tie against Leicester -- Son has deputised for Harry Kane as a central striker. While he will do whatever is required, Standard Sport understands the 23-year-old believes he is more effective in one of the three attacking roles behind the main forward. …

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