Stats suggest Heung-min Son is more important to Tottenham than Harry Kane as striker faces spell on the sidelines
Harry Kane’s season could well be over, but that does not mean Tottenham Hotspur should start planning their summer holidays.
The England captain suffered a nasty looking ankle injury against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday and left the ground on crutches with a protective boot.
Immediately after the enforced substitution however, Spurs took the lead through Heung-min Son and have a 1-0 lead to defend at the Etihad next week.
The South Korean stepped up for his side when it mattered most as he did against Crystal Palace in the previous home game and Mauricio Pochettino will take heart from that.
Statistically speaking, Spurs have actually been better off without their prolific No.10 this season.
After a stellar World Cup in Russia, Kane has continued to score the goals for his club, with his 17 in the Premier League bettered only by Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, in the 25-year-old’s absence, Spurs have won 67% of their games as opposed to 62% with the Englishman. Spurs have lost 12 times with the striker on the pitch this season in all competitions.
Conversely, stats reveal the softly-spoken forward known affectionately as ‘Sonny’ has carried his side to decisive victories and makes the north Londoners a better side.
With 19 goals to his name already, Son will be expected to lead the line in Kane’s absence, should he miss the rest of the season.
And, as we can see from the graphic below, it is a role he is more than accustomed to.
When Kane suffered an injury to the ligaments of his same joint back in January, Spurs won five of their next seven without him, with Son scoring in four successive games after returning from the Asian Cup.
When given a starting role by Pochettino, Son has scored 65 goals from 126 games since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015.
The Lilywhites are currently fourth in the table and, if they are to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition and qualify for next year’s tournament, will need their unsung hero to step up once again.
Source: SportsLatest TS