Heung-min Son needn’t worry after admitting he felt like he was disappointing his Tottenham team-mates.
The Spurs striker has endured a mediocre season by his own high standards after registering just one assist in all competitions before this weekend.
With his form ailing, Antonio Conte made the brave decision to drop the 30-year-old from his starting XI for the clash with Leicester, a call that now looks like an absolute masterstroke.
Coming off the bench after 59 minutes, Son scored a hat-trick to see Spurs claim a 6-2 victory over the Foxes to take them top of the table with 17 points from seven matches.
Benching Son was a bold move by the Italian coach who lightheartedly suggested maybe he should do it more often.
Speaking about Son’s hat-trick, Conte told Sky Sports: “I’m really happy for Sonny today.
“You know what I think of the player. I told him if you are going to score three goals in 30 minutes “maybe we can repeat this experience”, but I was joking.
“I’m lucky, I have a very good group of players, they are very good people. We have to start thinking differently if we want to take the next step.
Conte added: “Having a player of Son’s level on the bench means that in an instant I can change the game and also with the rotation at the back today and when Bissouma came on he gave us a lot of strength and energy and I think it’s the right path for us.
“There are 12 games in a row after the international break and all players will be involved.”
For Son, the relief was evident when he spoke to Sky Sports after the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He said: “It was a tough moment and I was really frustrated to be honest. Of course it’s also the goals, but that’s the way I played. I could do a lot better than what I did.
“The last two games and the start of the season…I was disappointed. Of course the team was doing really, really well, but individually I wasn’t really, really happy.
He added: “I get emotional to be honest. I always had the impression of having disappointed the team and I disappointed the public.
“Even when I’m not scoring, they have always supported me.
“Every time I play here and our away games. I’m really happy to have this amazing support behind me.
For Premier League clubs, Son’s return to form is terrible news.
Finishing last season as the league’s top scorer with 23 goals and nine assists, the South Korean star will be hoping to hit the mark after the international break, but for Jason Cundy it was the difference he made in an otherwise tight contest. who stood out.
Speaking on Gameday Phone-In, he said: “The game I saw was not a 6-2 game.
“Son came with fresh legs and two brilliant finishes, but Leicester were in that game until Son arrived.
“Those first two goals, left and right, they’re just great finishes.”