Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-min Son is facing a ‘big chance’ of being dropped from Antonio Conte’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.
Spurs could move to the top of the Premier League table by overcoming the Foxes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but Conte may overlook one of his big-name attackers.
What’s the latest news involving Son?
Son is still searching for his first goal of the season despite starting all eight of Tottenham’s fixtures so far.
The winger has not been on the scoresheet for close to four months as he last found the back of the net when grabbing a brace in the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich City on the final day of last term
Following the £60million acquisition of Richarlison from Everton, during the summer transfer window, Son has been under immense pressure to deliver the goods.
But, having struggled to rediscover his best form, Conte has revealed the 30-year-old could be dropped due to the need to rotate his squad.
Son shared the Premier League’s Golden Boot with Liverpool wide-man Mohamed Salah after scoring 23 goals in the top flight during the 2021/22 season.
What has Tom Barclay said about Son?
Barclay believes there is a serious possibility that Son will be ousted from the starting line-up when Tottenham face Leicester due to his underwhelming run of form.
The journalist feels the former Bayer Leverkusen man would not be able to argue against being dropped by Conte.
When asked whether Son will be on the bench against Leicester, Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “I think there’s a big chance of that happening. I think Antonio Conte sort of telegraphed it in the last few press conferences.
“In the press conference on Thursday, he said no player was un-droppable. Really, now, I don’t think Son could be too unhappy if he were to be rested or rotated because his performances haven’t been up to the standard they were last season.
“Obviously, he won’t be happy to be dropped, but I don’t think he can argue with it as much as maybe before.”
Will Son be confident of returning to his best in the not-too-distant future?
Son has scored 131 goals and provided a further 75 assists over the course of 333 appearances in a Tottenham shirt, so there is no doubt that he is a major threat in the final third of the pitch.
The likes of Harry Kane, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski – who is likely to come in for Son if he is dropped after spending the last three matches as a substitute – will surely spur the attacker on as he looks to end his scoring rut.
Son – a 104-cap South Korea international – is almost certain to return to his red-hot form, but being dropped to the bench might be the catalyst needed to kickstart his season.