Son Heung-min has revealed Mauricio Pochettino’s training regime helped him to push past the fatigue he was suffering from earlier this season.
The South Korean left Tottenham last August to take part in the Asian Games, where he won a gold medal and earned exemption from mandatory military service.
Understandably, Son struggled to rediscover his best form upon returning to Spurs but began to get among the goals again in mid-November.
And the 26-year-old has now revealed Pochettino’s “perfect” decision helped him get over his tiredness and re-find his scoring touch.
“Mid-November was 100% a big period for me,” Son told the Guardian.
“I’d been travelling a lot. I didn’t feel great. I had so many things in my head. It was just a bit rough.
“The gaffer made the choice and it was perfect for me – some hard training at Spurs and a bit of rest. As I said before, you have to have the luck to meet a great manager. I’ve improved an amazing amount under him.”
Son has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent performers this season, although he has failed to score in his previous four appearances.
Prior to that, he scored crucial goals in four successive matches, and it feels like only a matter of time before he starts to find the net again.
Dele Alli’s return to fitness could give Pochettino the opportunity to rest Son, who built up even more fatigue at the Asian Cup earlier this year.
Find out if we picked Son in our predicted XI to face Southampton here.