Former midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes that Son Heung-min has been Tottenham’s “best player” for the last two years.
The 26-year-old forward has been in phenomenal form this season and scored his fourth goal in successive matches during Spurs’ 3-0 first leg win over Borussia Dortmund in their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Son’ exploits this term could not have come at a more welcome time given Harry Kane’s struggles with an ankle injury, which has seen him sidelined for the past five weeks.
But Jenas, who made 202 appearances for Spurs, believes Son has proven that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are more than just Kane and praised the South Korea international’s professionalism.
“Thankfully, Son got knocked out of the Asia games and he was able to come back early,” Jenas told Goal.
“The level of professionalism from him is unbelievable. He has travelled all over the world numerous times this season and he is back and ready to play.
“He is not only ready to play but he is producing, he is ready to fill the boots of Harry Kane. Essentially, it is that which has allowed Spurs to put themselves back into title contention.
“That’s not to discredit anyone else. Everyone is playing their part and they are tough moments when you lose a couple of your best players.
“You go onto the pitch lacking a little bit of that confidence and you can see that but they have dug deep and found some serious strength.
“Son, in my eyes, he is arguably Spurs’ best player for the last two years. Harry Kane had a below-par four or five months leading into the World Cup and that was partly due to injury. Within that period Son has been a shining light.
“In that period he was scoring goals last year and then hit the ground running again this year. With the emotions that he was going through going into the first time that he went to play in the Asian Games with the Under 23s.
“The circumstances surrounding that, he dealt with it. Then, to go again and come back, it can knock you out of your rhythm.
“It is interesting when you hear people describe Spurs as the ‘Harry Kane team’. If you look at most teams, they all have a star player. Whether it is Mohamed Salah at Liverpool or Eden Hazard at Chelsea.
“The flip side to that, would Christian Eriksen not get into the top sides in Europe? Would Dele Alli not get into the top sides in Europe? Lucas Moura was at PSG and they aren’t exactly average. There are plenty of players with that star power.“
Son has managed 16 goals and nine assists in 32 appearances across all competitions this season for Spurs.