Darren Bent Says Son Heung-min ‘Took It Personally’ When Harry Kane Left

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent believes that Son Heung-min took Kane’s departure personally, an observation that sheds light on the South Korean’s determination and resilience. Bent remarked, “When he is in full flow, then no-one can stop him.”

With Kane, Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer, leaving the club, the footballing world had its doubts about how the North London side would cope. The question on everyone’s mind was, “Who will step up?” The void left by Kane’s exit left many wondering if Tottenham would struggle to find the back of the net.

However, Son Heung-min wasted no time in answering those doubts. Tottenham’s manager, Ange Postecoglou, decided to deploy the South Korean star in a central forward role against Burnley, and Son responded with a remarkable hat-trick. This strategic move highlighted Son’s versatility and adaptability, as he seamlessly transitioned from his traditional left-wing position to a central role.

Comparing this season to the previous campaign, it’s evident that Son has hit the ground running. Last season was somewhat challenging for him, with a meager goal tally of ten. However, this season, he has already notched up six goals and counting. Darren Bent praised Son’s performance, stating, “He has been fantastic.”

Bent also emphasized the wisdom in moving Son to the center-forward position. He commended Son’s intelligence on the field, noting, “When the chaos is moving toward the goal, he always hangs back a little bit, giving himself space. He finds that space in the box, and then he is a really, really good finisher, as we know. One of his biggest strengths is that he can finish with both feet.”

What stands out most about Son Heung-min is his determination and desire to carry Tottenham forward, even in the face of skepticism and doubt. Bent offered his insights, saying, “He is somebody who they moved to center-forward when Kane left, and he has gone ‘do you know what? I can score the goals’ and he has been absolutely brilliant this season.” It’s clear that Son has taken on the responsibility of being the team’s leading goal scorer with pride and determination.