James Maddison talks about Son Heung-min playing as a striker recently
Speaking to Viaplay, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder James Maddison talks about captain Son Heung-min and his new role and explains the advantages of him playing as a number nine.
The departure of Harry Kane days before the new season could have derailed Tottenham. Son Heung-min seemed to have an almost telepathic understanding on the pitch. Their chemistry was so finely tuned that Kane could find Son’s runs without even glancing up, and the South Korean could finish with ruthless precision.
One of the most intriguing developments has been Son Heung-min’s shift to a central striker role. And it seems like this change is not just reshaping the team’s tactics but also forging a new partnership, this time with James Maddison.
Son Heung-min on the greatest athletes of all-time 🗯️ pic.twitter.com/Fx7yzMjsIA— 433 (@433) September 26, 2023
The North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium provided a tantalizing glimpse of what this new partnership could become. James Maddison and Son Heung-min combined to devastating effect, notching up two crucial goals that secured a hard-fought draw.
Maddison, speaking to Viaplay, admitted that he and Son are still in the early stages of developing their partnership. He said,
“You normally want to have a nice relationship with your striker because when you get turned, he’s the one you are looking for. And Sonny is such a good guy that we get on really off the pitch, which helps on the pitch.”
The importance of off-field camaraderie cannot be understated in football. A strong bond between players often translates into better understanding and synergy on the pitch. It’s clear that Maddison and Son’s friendship off the field is laying the foundation for a promising partnership.
This notion of understanding a striker’s movements and preferences is vital for any attacking midfielder. It’s about knowing when to release the ball, where to place it, and anticipating the striker’s runs.
Maddison’s experience playing alongside a striker with attributes similar to Son’s, Jamie Vardy, could prove invaluable. Vardy, much like Son, was a master at exploiting the opposition’s defensive lines with his well-timed runs.
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Tottenham fans will be very happy with the way the duo have started the season. Let’s hope this continues for a long time.