Eric Dier has revealed it’s not just Tottenham manager Antonio Conte who jokes about dropping Heung-Min Son more often after his scintillating hat-trick against Leicester.
The South Korean was co-winner of the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season after scoring 23 goals in the division – but saw himself dropped from Spurs’ XI after none in six games this time around.
Italian boss Conte’s decision to remove him from the limelight and then throw him against the tired legs of a dejected Foxes side was later vindicated.
An upside-down clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was crushed by a goal-hungry Son after 59 minutes, which helped them to a 6-2 win.
He snatched a delightful hat-trick, including two outrageous long-range efforts, in just 13 minutes and 21 seconds.
And Dier admitted that in the north London dressing room, his team-mates were telling their pal that maybe he should be on the bench a lot more.
“We were just joking with him in the dressing room that the manager should drop him more often if he hits a hat-trick every half hour,” he laughed.
“Everyone is happy for him. Obviously, for someone who lives to score goals, it’s been a tough start to the season. I don’t think it’s a secret. But, yeah, he came back emphatically today, the floodgates opened.
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The mood was definitely jovial after the match with the usually stone-faced Conte even imagining himself as a comedian after his inspired decision.
Conte told Sky Sports: “I’m really happy for Sonny today, you know what I think of the player. I told him if you’re going to score three goals in 30 minutes ‘maybe we can repeat that experience’ , but I was joking.”
Son himself, however, even after a truly sensational hat-trick, was hypercritical of his previous performances and even felt emotional discussing the support he received from teammates and fans.
“It was a top performance and I was also very frustrated,” he told Sky Sports.
“The way I play, I can do a lot better than I have been. I was disappointed, the team did really well but I was disappointed with my performance.
“My finishes have been poor this season. I was also a bit unlucky with an own goal, two offside goals and a strike on the crossbar. I knew goals were coming and I wasn’t worried.
“I’m really happy that the ball is finally in! I was pretty sure I was in for the hat-trick. I am happy to have been able to help the team, it is very important and I can return to the national team with renewed energy.
“I get emotional to be honest. There was incredible support and I always felt like I disappointed my teammates and my fans with my performances. They have always supported me. »
Dier has already scored two Premier League goals this season, having scored zero in the previous three campaigns, and he is delighted with his contribution.
“I want to score more goals,” he said. “It’s something I was very motivated to do this season, something I think the manager expects of me as well.
“I tried to put a little more focus and focus on it and, yeah, I’m really happy.”
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