Chris Sutton says he would have Heung-Min Son in his team over Alexis Sanchez “every day of the week” following another fine performance by the South Korean in Tottenham’s victory at Bournemouth on Sunday.
Son scored twice as Spurs came from a goal down to win 4-1 at the Vitality Stadium – Dele Alli and Serge Aurier were also on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Tottenham suffered two early setbacks as Junior Stanislas opened the scoring for the hosts before Harry Kane turned his ankle in a clash with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s side reacted well and secured a crucial three points that took them above Liverpool into third place in the Premier League table.
That was mostly thanks to Son, who has now scored seven goals in his last four appearances in all competitions.
Writing in his column for the Mail, former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton heaped praise on the 25-year-old.
“If I was a Premier League manager, I would take Son Heung-min over Alexis Sanchez every day of the week,” wrote Sutton.
“We talk about how influential Harry Kane is for Tottenham but Son is the next best thing. He has energised Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
“Everything he does is with a huge smile on his face. Contrast this with Sanchez, who often cuts a moody and sulky figure when he does not get his way.
“Think of the aggravation he gave Arsenal before his move to Manchester United. There is no such hassle with Son.
“Pochettino has asked him to play in a number of different positions but he gives Spurs everything regardless.
“He is the model professional in every respect. Tottenham fell behind at Bournemouth and Kane went off injured, but Son put in a fine performance as a central striker.
“We are yet to see such a match-winning display from £600,000-a-week Sanchez at Old Trafford.”
Indeed, Sanchez has scored just once since joining Manchester United in January – a rebound from a missed penalty against Huddersfield.
The Chilean is likely to come good once he has settled at his new club, but for now Sutton has a point: Son has been terrific in recent months.