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Tottenham: Antonio Conte hits out at Son Heung-min critics

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The Spurs boss insists he will not drop the South Korean star from his lineup amid suggestions of a drop in form.

Following their 3-2 defeat against Manchester United, Tottenham received criticism from their fans for their unbalanced performance against the Red Devils. Son Heung-min, in particular, showed poor performance, lacking his usual dynamism in midfield. 

The 29-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided six assist in his 24 league appearances for Spurs. However, his recent run of goalless games have convinced many that he has suffered a sudden dip in form.

Speaking ahead of his side’s game against Brighton, Antonio Conte reacted to suggestions that Son might lose his place in Tottenham’s lineup.

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“For me, Sonny is an important player that can change a result at the end of a game.” the Spurs manager said (via SportsMax). “It can happen that a player’s form goes from the best to a period that is not so well.

“I repeat, because we are talking about a player that plays in every game. He is playing well, it doesn’t depend on if a player scores a goal or not, the performance is the total game.

“Sonny is a player that in my mind fits my ideas, and also with the commitment he shows, he has to start and I don’t ever have any idea to drop him – it doesn’t happen, I’m not crazy to do something like this.”

Tottenham will meet Brighton in a rescheduled game from Matchday 16. The Spurs will then prepare to host West Ham in a crucial battle on Sunday.