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‘World class’ Son the best attacker in the Premier League before leaving for Asian Cup, says Spurs boss Postecoglou

Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou hailed Heung-Min Son as “world class” and the best attacker in the Premier League prior to his departure for the Asian Cup as Spurs left it late to beat Brighton.

Tottenham found themselves behind at half-time to a Pascal Gross penalty before Pape Matar Sarr equalised in the second half.

And super sub Son, who returned to Tottenham this week following South Korea’s Asian Cup semi-final exit, came on to set up Brennan Johnson for a 97th minute winner and prevent his side from drawing consecutive Premier League games.

“Maybe the nation he plays for works against him but I think he’s a world-class player,” Postecoglou said after the game.

“You look at his record in the Premier League, the toughest league in the world, his goal contributions irrespective of how the team’s gone through the time he’s been here have always been right up there.

“Even this year, before he left, I think he was probably the best attacking player in the competition, just my opinion obviously. Certainly he’d be up there.

“He’s a world class player. I thought we did well to cover his absence. Richy (Richarlison) obviously stepped up in terms of goal threat, and a few other players, but to have a world-class player for the run-in is brilliant for us.”

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