Antonio Conte lauds 'really world class' Son Heung-min

Sean Walsh
Son Heung-min has scored three Premier League goals since Antonio Conte joined Spurs
Son Heung-min has scored three Premier League goals since Antonio Conte joined Spurs / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Antonio Conte has said he would like more players of Son Heung-min's quality and mentality in order to 'improve the level of Tottenham', and admitted he needed to coach the South Korean to truly appreciate how good he is.

Son has scored three goals in his last three games as Spurs continue to impress under the guidance of their new Italian coach.

After a superb 2021, Son was ranked third in 90min's list of world class left forwards - but Conte said that he is beyond even that level.

“We are talking about a really world class player,” Conte said. “I have seen him before becoming manager of Tottenham, but only on TV. He impressed me a lot. But when you have the possibility to train him and become his coach, you can see really the quality of this player.

“It’s fantastic because he has quality but also runs, [adds] intensity and resilience also.

“I think that Sonny is a top player. Not a good player - a top player. For sure I try to improve him, to help him, but we are talking about a player that is now already at an important level.

“He has to continue in this way and have this anger, this desire, because we need to have players with ambition. If you have ambition it means you are never happy about your performance.

“You want always more, more, more and we need these players to improve the level of Tottenham. Sonny is one of these players.”

Conte revealed last week that he would try and find time before Christmas to discuss transfers with the higher-ups at Spurs, admitting their recent Covid-19 outbreak had slowed his evaluation of the squad.

Following intense speculation about their respective futures, Dele Alli and Harry Winks were both impressive in Spurs' 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday. 90min understands that the former remains a loan target for Newcastle in the January window.

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