POCHETTINO BACKS SON TO DELIVER
Spurs boss believes South Korea star will step up in Kane’s absence
MAURICIO Pochettino says Son Heung-Min has proved he can replace the injured Harry Kane after the Tottenham forward’s hat-trick silenced Millwall’s racist taunts.
Heung-Min found himself thrust into the spotlight at White Hart Lane on Sunday as he scored his first goals since January in Tottenham’s 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final thrashing of thirdtier Millwall.
The South Korea star’s goal blitz was the perfect response to a section of the Millwall support who aimed unsavoury chants at him in the first half.
They were heard singing “dvd” and “three for a fiver” in reference to the stereotype of Asian market traders selling bootleg copies of films.
Heung-Min’s goals were also well-timed for Tottenham boss Pochettino, who fears Kane could be sidelined with an ankle injury for the rest of the season.
Kane left the Lane on crutches with his foot in a protective boot and Pochettino fears it is a similar injury to the one that kept the England striker out for seven weeks earlier this term.
A repeat would leave HeungMin and Vincent Janssen, who also scored against Millwall, as Pochettino’s main options for the central striker’s role.
“Of course I’m sad about Harry’s injury but we have to find a solution,” Pochettino said.
“Harry is one of the best strikers in England but we can’t cry. It’s never an excuse if we don’t achieve our aims without Harry.
“When players don’t play often they have to be ready to show their quality. It’s about the team performance, with different names and players.
“Son can play like a striker. If you remember one of our best performances was against Man City here when he was a striker when Harry was injured.”
Kane has scored 24 times this season to underline his emergence as one of Europe’s top strikers and late yesterday’s scan on the injury would have major implications for Tottenham’s season.
“He twisted his ankle in the same way as before,” Pochettino said. “It’s difficult. I looks a similar situation to his injury against Sunderland.
“When you lose a player like Harry you will miss him, so it’s important the players that replaced him scored some goals. Now we need them.”
Millwall’s bid to claim a fourth Premier League scalp in the FA Cup this season never got started as they were demolished to such an extent that a 10-goal win wouldn’t have flattered Spurs.
Millwall’s Shaun Williams (left) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min tussle for the ball at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Tottenham won 6-0.