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Son Heung-min: Former player claims Tottenham struggler’s downturn in form stems from mood over threat for place

Son Heung-min, Tottenham v Marseille September 2022

Son Heung-min is not enjoying the ‘rivalry’ for his place at Tottenham Hotspur, but will find his form again, according to one of the club’s former players.

There has been some pressure on Son recently after he failed to score from his first eight appearances of the season. Tottenham have more depth in attack this season to compete with him. Therefore, some are wondering about the 30-year-old’s chances of remaining a regular starter.

It seems strange after he was the joint top scorer in the entire Premier League last season. But Son must adapt and regain his form to keep playing regularly.

Tottenham can also call upon Harry Kane, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski in attack. In addition, Lucas Moura is working his way back from an injury.

Therefore, Son needs to be aware of the competition for his place as Kane’s main attacking partner.

According to former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson, perhaps the South Korea international is not keen on the idea of his place being up for question, which is affecting him.

However, Robinson is still backing Son to come good and remain a regular starter.

“It’s the first time that Son has ever been questioned and I don’t think that he enjoys the rivalry,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“I think he plays better when he knows he’ll be playing week in, week out. This is the first time that he’s had players sitting on the bench who are able to do his job to a similar level and in a different way.

“I don’t think he’s enjoyed the competition for places. I think he’s the type of character who likes to know he’s playing week in, week out, knows his role and knows he’s comfortable.

“Some players are different. Every player are different, some have their own drive and trigger point. Some like the comfort and knowledge they are playing and some like to know there is someone behind them who can do their job.

“Son doesn’t seem to be revelling in the fact there are two other people there who could potentially play.

Son backed to turn form around soon

“He’s a top, top quality player. There’s no question he plays week in, week out. It’s only a matter of time before that ball hits the inside of the post and goes in, rather than the outside of the post.

“His performance levels are exactly the same; you know what you are going to get. His performances haven’t dropped but the goals just aren’t coming.

“It’s unfortunate for him that at the moment there’s Richarlison and Kulusevski. Son’s not scored so we can talk about whether he potentially doesn’t play. For me, if he’s fit, he plays.”

Across his whole Tottenham career to date, Son has scored 131 goals from 333 games. He has also provided 75 assists.

There is no doubt that he has been a standout player for the club in their recent history. At present, though, he is suffering from a dip in fortunes, which he will need to recover from.

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