The Sun (Malaysia)

Son shines for Spurs

Spurs just getting started says Postecoglo­u after rout


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR climbed to second after their sparkling start under Ange Postecoglo­u continued. Burnley took the lead after just four minutes at Turf Moor through Lyle Foster.

Son Heung-min, who was moved into a more central role by Postecoglo­u in place of Richarliso­n, soon proved his manager had pulled off another masterstro­ke.

The Tottenham captain’s deft chip levelled before a thunderous strike from Cristian Romero put the visitors in front in first half stoppage time.

James Maddison’s curling finish from the edge of the box made it 3-1 before Son took centre stage to score twice in three minutes and complete his hattrick.

“I’m the captain, but I have great players around me,” said Son, who was handed the armband when Harry Kane departed for Bayern Munich.

“My job is really easy and I try to be an example, try to smile and try to take responsibi­lity on and off the pitch.”

Ange Postecoglo­u insisted Tottenham are only just getting started after Son’s hattrick on Saturday.

Postecoglo­u’s side bounced back after their disappoint­ing midweek League Cup exit at Fulham to record a third successive Premier League victory.

Asked if Son’s performanc­e showed how Spurs can cope without Kane, Postecoglo­u said: “It’s not exactly why but it’s one of the reasons.

“I’ve got a picture in my head about what I want the team to look like and I keep saying we’re still at the beginning of it.

“We’re still building and there’s a lot to be done. It’s about putting all the pieces together.”

Losing Kane was a huge blow to Tottenham ahead of the new season, but Postecoglo­u said their record goal-scorer’s departure could allow others to shine.

Son and Maddison will be key to Postecoglo­u’s overhaul as the former Celtic boss tries to bring entertaini­ng football to a fanbase staved of eye-catching performanc­es during the dour reigns of Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte.

“There are some really good footballer­s in this club and they have the ability to play in the way this team needs to set up,” Postecoglo­u said.

“Sonny, whether he’s playing central or right, he’s got all the characteri­stics to play the way we want to play.

“I thought today was a real testament to Sonny, Madders and Romero, the way they embraced that responsibi­lity not just with words but with actions and not just on game day but on a daily basis.

“That’s as encouragin­g for me as anything because as good as they are individual­ly, they have that team spirit and that’s important for me.”

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