Why This Tottenham Star Has To Start Against Juventus
After his standout display at the weekend, I`m sure most fans will be calling for Son to be included in the starting XI against Juve on Wednesday.
Yet, his inclusion in the team on Saturday, and the notable absence of Erik Lamela, has many speculating that Poch has already opted to start the Argentine for the Champions League tie.
It`s certainly a logical assumption to make considering he also started the first leg, but in my mind opting to keep our no.11 in the team ahead of such an in-form player would be a mistake.
Firstly, despite Erik`s undoubted talent to create chances, I think the pace that his South Korean team mate possesses would be of greater use to the team at Wembley. His ability not only to get in behind the defence, but also to commit opponents, and beat two or three defenders could open up space that could be invaluable.
We will be facing an Italian side who need to score a goal, but you can guarantee they won`t be coming to play open and expansive football, and to break their solid backline, we need someone like Son in the team.
Secondly, if we just consider the output of both players in terms of goals and assists in recent games, there is really no comparison. For sure, Lamela created two goals against Rochdale recently, but his only goal since his return from injury was in the FA Cup replay versus Newport.
In contrast, our no.7 has bagged four goals and one assist in the space of four days. Poch can`t ignore the numbers, and with the type of form the 25 year old is in, it would be a very brave man to leave him out.
Lastly, we have to consider the occasion itself. We have a fantastic chance of reaching the quarter finals of Europe`s premier competition, and we need to play with no fear to get the result. To play in such a testing environment you need composure and a cool head. For me personally, I think the South Korean gets the nod over Erik in this regard.
If you asked me who I would want to be one on one with Gianluigi Buffon if it were a crucial chance to score, I would have to go with Son. How about you?