Tottenham Hotspur put in a dominant performance to beat Everton 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday, with South Korean attacker Son Heung-min getting among the goals for the fifth consecutive Spurs home game.
The skilful forward was named man of the match after playing a key role in downing the Toffees, scoring the first goal and terrorising the visiting defence all evening long.
Son’s importance to the Tottenham side has grown this season and all of a sudden, the South Korean looks undroppable.
Last term, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli both automatic selections in Spurs’ attacking midfield, the former Bayer Leverkusen man found himself on the bench at times.
This was especially the case when Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino fielded a 3-4-2-1 formation, with only room for two of his three attacking midfield weapons.
However, despite the ability for Eric Dier to drop into a back three currently, Spurs have been using a 4-2-3-1 set-up over the last six weeks or so.
While part of this may be down to Toby Alderweireld’s injury, Son’s red-hot form must also be accredited as a reason behind Pochettino’s thinking.
The South Korean now must command a place in the starting XI and as such Tottenham have been playing a back four to allow him, Eriksen and Alli to all be selected.
The tactic is clearly paying dividends, as Son rewards his manager’s faith and now has 11 Premier League goals this season.
With talk that the versatile forward could well be in line for a new Tottenham contract, the 25-year-old is becoming a real star for Spurs.