Tottenham Hotspur’s Ange Postecoglou hailed “world-class” Son Heung-min after the South Korean star inspired his club’s dramatic 2-1 win against Brighton on Saturday. The team was just seconds away from a frustrating draw until Son rode to the rescue with a superb cross that gave Brennan Johnson the chance to fire home in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Postecoglou praised Son for his crucial cameo, saying, “Maybe the nation he plays for works against him, but I think he’s a world-class player.” Son had returned from the Asian Cup this week following South Korea’s shock semi-final defeat against Jordan.
Looking at Son’s record in the Premier League, Postecoglou said that his goal contributions have always been among the best irrespective of how well the team has done. Before he left, Postecoglou believed that Son was probably the best attacking player in the competition. While Richarlison stepped up in terms of goal threat, and a few other players did as well, having a world-class player for the run-in is brilliant for Tottenham.
Tottenham currently sits in fourth place and is fighting to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Aston Villa could go back above Tottenham if they avoid defeat against Manchester United on Sunday, but Postecoglou was encouraged by his players’ spirited performance against Brighton. He believes that with the squad they have and moving towards, they do have the ability to finish strong irrespective of where the game is at.