Son Heung-min's performance in League Cup semi-final shows why he is Spurs' main man

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It might cost Daniel Levy a few extra pounds in his contract negotiations, but the Tottenham Hotspur chairman will not care if Son Heung-min's latest match-winning performance leads to the club ending their long trophy drought. It was not just Son’s second-half goal that clinched Tottenham’s victory against Brentford and a place in the EFL Cup final against one of the two Manchester clubs, but also a brilliant piece of first-half defending. No wonder Jose Mourinho has effectively made Son Tottenham’s main man since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino. Not only is he ahead of Harry Kane in this season’s scoring charts, Son also proved himself to be a more than capable emergency left-back when needed. It was Son, in the 38th minute, who produced a vital block to stop Josh Dasilva’s powerful shot that maintained Tottenham’s lead at half-time. The forward’s defensive work epitomised the home team’s determination to get over the line. Ledley King, sitting on the Tottenham bench as part of Mourinho’s coaching staff and one of the last men to lift a trophy for the club back in 2008, would have been proud of Son’s block. And King would have appreciated the necessity for Tottenham to simply not mess up yet another opportunity to reach a final and win a trophy. From the moment Moussa Sissoko headed Spurs into the lead early on, the chance of a semi-final classic was effectively dead. Mourinho’s men did not just sit back, but they managed their way through the next 78 minutes – surviving one scare when Ivan Toney had a header ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee. Thanks to Son, Mourinho now has the chance to become the most successful manager in English League Cup history and Spurs have a golden opportunity to end a run of 12 years without a trophy since last winning this competition.

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