Garth Crooks says Newcastle United star “Should hang his head in shame”
Garth Crooks has been talking up Son Heoung-Min, which is fair enough.
The Tottenham fan and former player, recognising the importance of the striker for his team.
Saturday’s goal means that Son has been involved in 14 goals in Tottenham’s last 10 games, scoring nine and getting five assists.
Rafa Benitez left reflecting on how the game at Wembley would have turned out, if Son had instead being involved in Friday’s final of the Asian Cup, South Korea having been knocked out in an earlier round.
In picking Son for his Premier League team of the week though, Garth Crooks also falls into the modern day trend of going way over the top to simply try and get attention. Similar to ‘fans’ on social media who go ballistic based on one incident.
Discussing Son, Crooks says about Saturday’s 83rd minute goal: ‘Yes, his goal against Newcastle was fortuitous and Martin Dubravka should hang his head in shame.’
Yes it was a mistake but ‘hang his head in shame’ is laughable.
Like all keepers, Dubravka knows it comes with the territory, if you make a mistake then it will almost always cost a goal, unlike most other positions on the pitch.
Talking of hanging heads in shame should be reserved for players who don’t give 100%, or those who go for personal glory at the expense of the team.
Up to the point of the goal, Martin Dubravka had played well, as he has done in the overwhelming majority of his other 36 Premier League matches so far for Newcastle.
As one of Newcastle’s best players who could easily play for a far more ambitious club than NUFC, only the thickest Newcastle fans would be joining in with Garth Crooks’ over the top level of criticism.
Garth Crooks speaking to BBC Sport:
“Thank goodness he’s back!
“South Korea’s exploits in the Asian Cup took a turn for the worse, during which time Spurs went out of the FA Cup.
“Son Heung-min’s return to the Tottenham line-up was like pouring petrol into a Ferrari.
“Without Son in the side, Spurs looked like they were running out of gas.
“Yes, his goal against Newcastle was fortuitous and Martin Dubravka should hang his head in shame.
“But Son is a class act and, missing the injured Harry Kane, Spurs are lost without him.
“Did you know? Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has been directly involved in 14 goals in his past 10 appearances in all competitions for Spurs (nine goals, five assists).”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0
Tottenham: Son 83
Possession was Tottenham 72% Newcastle 28%
Total shots were Tottenham 21 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Tottenham 4 Newcastle 2
Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Andre Marriner
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie (Barreca 86), Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu (Kenedy 82), Perez, Rondon
Woodman, Clark, Joselu, Manquillo Fernandez
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(Mauricio Pochettino reacts to the win over Newcastle HERE)
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