Jermaine Jenas has claimed Son Heung-min wouldn’t get “anywhere near” Liverpool’s starting line-up at the moment, suggesting the Tottenham star is a different player without Harry Kane.
Son has struggled for goals in recent weeks and has looked particularly flat since Kane picked up an injury in the defeat to Liverpool. Before Kane was substituted, he provided his customary assist for another excellent Son goal – but it was ruled out for offside.
The South Korean barely had a sniff against Chelsea on Monday night, and after the game Jenas said he has changed his mind about Son’s chances of breaking into the Liverpool team.
“Son, we didn’t even see Son today,” Jenas told BT Sport (via Rousing the Kop).
“We were having a conversation the other day saying would Son get into Liverpool’s front three. The last three games no, we’re going not a chance.
“Without Kane he doesn’t get anywhere near it. With Kane, he’s a world beater.”
Our opinion? It’s a bit of a silly claim from Jenas. Son would thrive in any in-form attacking line, not just one that includes Kane. Indeed, he would be banging goals in for fun if he was playing alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino at their best.
The other thing is: Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane aren’t at their best right now. All forwards – even the very best ones – suffer dips in form. Pundits will be waxing lyrical about Son again in no time.