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Heung-min Son is adamant that Harry Kane’s desperate goal drought is everyone’s responsibility at Tottenham.
The misfiring England skipper has hit the net just once in 13 Premier League outings this season – by far his worst return since his breakthrough in N17 seven years ago.
Yet while punters and pundits blame Kane – and his failed bid to join Manchester City last summer – for the wretched run, Son begs to differ.
During much of last season, the dynamic Spurs duo were simply unstoppable as, together, they created and blitzed goals like never before.
It has been the opposite this time round with both suffering dips – albeit Son has now struck six in the current league campaign.
But when asked about the alarming downturn of partner Kane, the South Korean star insisted it is as much down to his team-mates failing to produce opportunities as it is the striker’s inability to take them.
Son, 29, declared: “It’s not just myself and Harry that are important. It’s really important that we all create chances for him as well.
“It’s not all his fault because we could create more chances for him – as a team. The gaffer is working on it and we are working, too, as players.
“When a striker doesn’t score, the team feels we should create more for him. That is how I feel.
“I always believe in H – that he can score goals in any moment of a game and from any position.
“And the gaffer is helping all the players, not just me and Harry. And all the players are really open to taking the lessons and the advice.“
New boss Antonio Conte has certainly sparked an immediate improvement following his appointment in November as successor to Nuno Espirito Santo in early November.
Despite their last two league outings being postponed because of the Covid outbreak in the camp, Spurs were seventh coming into the weekend, four points adrift of the top four – with THREE games in hand.
Regarding the impact of the demanding Italian coach, Son went on: “He’s shares his feelings as we watch videos – before and after games.
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“He gives us details – where to be, where to go, where to pass the ball. This detail gives us more quality.
“Players who play in the Premier League have quality but the quality he brings on the pitch is more.
“And I’m really grateful – and so lucky having a coach around me that brings that.“
The sudden interruption to Tottenham's four-game unbeaten league start to life under Conte was hardly ideal, according to Son.
However, he is also optimistic it prove be a blessing for the visit of Liverpool.
The ex-Bayer Leverkusen ace went on: “The games have been positive, so it’s been tough.
“Liverpool are in a very good moment but I think there’s a great chance to win because it's our home and we’ve had time to prepare.
“Liverpool had a game on Thursday. We are fresh.”
- Harry Kane
- Premier League
- Tottenham Hotspur FC
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