Ferdinand rubbishes calls to drop Spurs forward after sluggish start to the season

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Son Heung-Min of Tottenham looks on against Olympique de Marseille Credit: PA Images
Son Heung-Min of Tottenham looks on against Olympique de Marseille Credit: PA Images

Son Heung-min has recently come under fire after a sluggish start to the season, but Rio Ferdinand has been quick to come to the Spurs forwards defence.

Spurs fell to a disappointing 2-0 loss to Sporting CP in midweek and the spotlight has been cast on last season’s top scorer.

Son won the Premier League Golden Boot last season, along with Mohamed Salah, but he is yet to get off the mark in this campaign.

The South Korean forward put in another subpar performance in midweek, but Ferdinand has come to his defence.

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Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand explained: “Golden Boot winner last season, joint top goalscorer with Mo Salah.

“We’re six Premier League games in, a couple of Champions League games and they’re asking for him to be dropped?”

Son managed to score 23 goals in the Premier League last season without taking a single penalty.

In his opening eight matches this season he has one assist, but is yet to hit the back of the net.

Ferdinand added: “Were they asking for Harry Kane to be dropped when he didn’t score in August all those times?

“For me, if I’m taking a player out of the Spurs team, him or Harry Kane would be the flip of a coin.

“He’s a top, top player.”

There is more competition within the Spurs forward line now with the addition of Richarlison and the form of Dejan Kulusevski.

Richarlison got off the mark for Spurs in the Champions League with a brace against Marseille and he has been a welcomed addition so far.

Son has started all six of Spurs Premier League games this season, but he has been substituted in four of those matches.

There’s no doubt that Son still ranks alongside the best forwards in the league, but with his stuttering form, his place in the Spurs side perhaps isn’t as guaranteed as it once was.

Spurs currently sit third in the Premier League table and are yet to lose a league game.

Despite being unbeaten, there is still the feeling that they are yet to reach their full potential.

Next up for Spurs is a home game against bottom of the table Leicester City.

The Foxes have shipped more goals than any other Premier League side this season and so perhaps Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Son to finally get off the mark.

Son’s partner in crime Harry Kane has started the season well and he has been their main source of goals so far.

Kane has scored 41% of Spurs’ Premier League goals this season, but Antonio Conte will be hoping Son manages to break this goalscoring duck sooner rather than later.

Since joining Spurs, Son has scored 131 goals and he is only seven goals away from scoring 100 Premier League goals.

Surely it’s only a matter of time before Son gets going for the season?

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