Signed from Bayer Leverkusen over the summer, Heung-Min Son bounced back from his recent injury lay-off to score twice for South Korea
The international break has proved to be something of a blessing in disguise for Tottenham Hotspur with Dele Alli and, perhaps more significantly, Heung-Min Son scoring for their respective national sides.
Alli’s goal may have been the more spectacular, coming on only his fourth appearance for England, but it’s Son’s brace against lowly Laos that could prove the more significant.
A marquee signing from Bayer Leverkusen, the 23-year-old arrived at White Hart Lane having bagged 11 goals in 30 Bundesliga games last season and was expected to give Spurs extra edge and invention in the final third.
Son started well too with a match-winning brace against Qarabag in the Europa League quickly followed up with a crucial winner against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The South Korean was equally impressive in Tottenham’s 4-1 triumph over Manchester City and should have perhaps added another goal to his tally.
Instead, the attacker found himself facing an injury lay-off after picking up an ankle problem against the Sky Blues.
Slowly integrated back into the team earlier this month, the form of players like Mousa Dembele has seen Son’s route into the starting line-up blocked.
But despite being used more frequently as a substitute in recent weeks, the ex-Bundesliga ace looked lively against Laos in an important World Cup qualifying win for South Korea.
Scoring with a header in the first half and neat finish in the second, the goals will give Tottenham fans even more to smile about going into the weekend’s games.
And with six goals in his last four international outings, they could soon be seeing the kind of Cristiano Ronaldo-style form that saw some fans once dub him ‘Sonaldo’.