Former Premier League hitman says Tottenham’s unsung hero is better than Man Utd star

Chris Sutton says that if he were a manager he would rather have Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-min in his team than Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez.

The South Korean bagged two goals in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend to add to his midweek Champions League strike as Spurs crashed out to Juventus at the last-16 stage.

It means that the former Bayer Leverkusen man has a tally of 18 to his name in all competitions despite rarely playing as an out-and-out striker.

And with Sanchez struggling to make an impact at Old Trafford following his move from Arsenal in January, pundit Sutton is in no doubt as to who he thinks is the better player.

“If I was a Premier League manager, I would take Son Heung-min over Alexis Sanchez every day of the week,” the former Blackburn Rovers forward wrote in his column for the Daily Mail

“We talk about how influential Harry Kane is for Tottenham but Son is the next best thing.

“He has energised Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

“Everything he does is with a huge smile on his face.

“Contrast this with Sanchez, who often cuts a moody and sulky figure when he does not get his way.”

Sutton goes on to describe Son as a ‘model professional’ and praised his display in the victory against the Cherries.

The 25-year-old filled in up front after Kane left the field injured in the first half and repaid his manager’s faith with a brace and could even have had a hat-trick.

Despite suffering an indifferent start to his Tottenham career after joining in 2015, Son has gradually become an integral part of the side and is now showing his importance on a weekly basis.

Whilst his goal-grabbing exploits make the headlines, his attitude and work rate are major factors in why he has become a favourite with Spurs fans.

The Lilywhites faithful will be hoping for another sterling display from Son in the FA Cup quarter-final clash away at Swansea City on Saturday lunchtime.