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Vertonghen: “Son Heung-min’s one of the best in the Premier League”

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Defender Jan Vertonghen has praised his “special” team-mate Son Heung-min as one of the Premier League’s greatest players.

The South Korean forward has scored in all four of his appearances at Spurs since returning from the Asian Cup last month.

Son’s superb form couldn’t have been better timed for Mauricio Pochettino’s side given that Harry Kane remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Spurs’ 3-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie saw Son score his 16th goal of the season in his 32 appearances across all competitions.

Aside from that, the 26-year-old’s chipped in nine assists which has left Vertonghen suitably impressed.

“I have played with some great players and against some great players, and Sonny is special,” said Vertonghen, according to Evening Standard.

“He is so humble and I think you underestimate that because of the work he puts in.

“Then his quality – outstanding left foot, right foot. He can play striker, left wing, right wing, he can play as a 10, he played as a wing back.

“He’s an outstanding player. I am not going to say he is at the level of whoever, but he’s one of the best in the Premier League.

“I have seen him stop smiling – I’m not going to say when! But no, he’s a very happy guy. He’s so loved in the dressing room. He gets on with everyone and you can see why, he’s a great player to have around.”

The Belgian defender had an outstanding game of his own at Wembley on Wednesday against Dortmund after setting up Son’s opener in the 47th-minute before going to score towards the end of the match with substitute Fernando Llorente grabbing the other goal.

Vertonghen’s performance was formally acknowledged earlier today when he was voted as the Champions League Player of the Week.