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Robbie Keane Compares Heung-Min Son's Situation To His Own Struggles At Spurs

Robbie Keane Compares Heung-Min Son's Situation To His Own Struggles At Spurs
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Spurs got an important victory this afternoon, securing a 2-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League. That result moves them into the top four, although they have played a game more than Newcastle.

The home side certainly deserved the win, with West Ham offering very little attacking threat. Emerson Royal and Heung-Min Son got the goals, with the Korean's goal in the 72nd minute all but ending the match as a contest.

Son has been in poor form for much of this season, with the forward starting today's game on the bench. He responded brilliantly to that decision, impressing after his introduction in the second half.

Robbie Keane had words of encouragement for Heung-Min Son

All attackers go through lean spells over the course of their career, with their response to such adversity often defining the very best players.


Robbie Keane scored a huge amount of goals in the Premier League, but he was not averse to such struggles himself. Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, he recalled how he went through a similar spell during his own time at Spurs.


As strikers, you always go through a spell where your confidence is low and you're not playing as well as you'd like to. Sometimes it's good for the manager to take you out of the team, even if you don't want it to happen.

You know you're not playing well yourself. As a player, you look in the mirror first and know you're not playing well. Sometimes a manager needs to know when to take you out and put you back in.

It happened to me here at Tottenham. We had [Dimitar] Berbatov, Jermain Defoe, and Darren Bent. At times when you're not playing well, he takes you out and then you have more desire when you do get the opportunity.

Some players sulk, some players don't accept it, but Son doesn't (do that). If you watch him, when he comes on he always has an impact on the game.

As Robbie Keane points out, Son has certainly responded well to the decision to put him on the bench on the couple of occasions it has happened this season.

A top quality player, there is no doubt that he will rediscover his form at some point in the near future.

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