South Korean star Son Heung-min has been in poor form this season, having not scored in seven consecutive games, which has caused him some doubts. Tottenham boss Antonio Antonio Conte also warned him, suggesting that it was possible to kick Son out of the starting lineup. After Richardson joined, internal competition among Tottenham's frontcourt players was fierce.
In the 2021-22 season, Son Heung-min shined in football and won the Premier League Golden Boot. However, after a summer's rest, Son Seems to have lost his shooting boots. Since the start of the new season, Spurs have played a total of 7 games, 6 Premier League games and 1 Champions League, and Son Heung-min has all started but not scored a single goal.
Son's slump has led many to call for Conte to move him out of the starting line-up and give Richardson a start, the Brazilian striker who has only started twice in his first seven games. In last week's Champions League group stage, Richard Lison made his Champions League debut, scoring two goals and playing amazingly, leading the team to a 2-0 victory over Marseille. In tottenham's forward line, there are currently four people competing for the starting position, in addition to Son Heung-min and Richarlison, as well as Kane and Kulusewski.
Yesterday, Conte attended the pre-match press conference for this week's Champions League matches. Asked by a reporter if he would rotate Son, Conte's intriguing answer: "When you want to build something important, when you want to be ambitious and fight for victory, you have to change some old habits." This season, all of our players have to accept rotation. Especially up frontcourt, we have 4 players. ”
"It's hard for me to decide to take 1 of those 4 guys, but I have to make the decision that's best for the team and for the players. Sometimes, giving the player a break is also for his own good, or letting him play 20-30 minutes in the game. One thing is for sure, I'm breaking that old habit of keeping the players playing. ”
"You always want to make the players happy, but the big clubs have big, deep squads. At the moment, our squad isn't big enough, but we're on our way. This season, what happened to these 4 players will be normal. You have to know that such an option is very helpful for a coach like me. Conte pointed out.
The Mirror said this season was the slowest season since Son joined Tottenham, except for his debut season. In the 2015-16 season, Son Xingyu scored only 8 goals. Since then, however, he has scored in double-figure league goals every season and was even more proud of the Premier League last season. Last week, Son Also spoke about his goal drought: "I have a lot of chances, but I just can't score. But I'm not worried, I think as soon as I score a goal, the confidence will come back. ”
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