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Tottenham fans plead with Antonio Conte to change free-kick taker

Antonio Conte knows Tottenham are still a long way off competing for title

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Tottenham fans have called on Antonio Conte to ditch Harry Kane as the club’s free-kick taker. Many feel as though Heung-min Son deserves the chance to take over and he made a good case on Friday by lashing a set-piece effort into the top corner while playing for South Korea. 

An eventful game against Costa Rica saw Son’s side fall 2-1 behind, until an 80th-minute red card changed the game. With the one-man advantage, South Korea were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box with five minutes of normal time left to play. 

Son stepped up and curled an effort so ferocious and precise that it left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot, despite flying in at his near post. Spurs fans were quick to get hold of the incident on social media and begged Conte to consider cutting Kane from free-kick duty and instating Son as his replacement. 

“We’ve been robbed for 5/6 years of top bin free kicks because we insist on letting Kane take them,” wrote @HJ_Thornton on Twitter, followed by a laughing and yawning emoji. 

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And he wasn’t alone as @bakarinit added: “The anger I get when we win a free-kick and I see Kane step up for it is inconceivable.” Both Son and Kane have converted one Premier League free-kick apiece, but the South Korean forward notched his in considerably fewer attempts. 

Furthermore, Kane’s solitary goal took a deflection on its way in against Aston Villa. It remains to be seen whether Conte pays attention to Son’s exploits while on international duty and Spurs supporters will surely keep a close eye on who steps up if a set-piece is awarded in the north London derby on October 1. 

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Son won a share of the Golden Boot alongside Mohamed Salah last campaign, but the goals had completely dried up for him this term until Tottenham smashed Leicester 6-2 last time out. The forward was dropped to the bench behind Kane, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski, but bagged a spectacular hat-trick in the second half, with two long shots highlighting his potential from dead-ball situations. 

The upcoming Arsenal clash comes with high stakes as both sides attempt to make the top four, and potentially beyond, this season. The Gunners have made a superb start, sitting top of the league after seven matches, but Spurs are still undefeated and Conte has instilled a winning mentality that was seemingly absent in previous years. 

And he wasn’t alone as @bakarinit added: “The anger I get when we win a free-kick and I see Kane step up for it is inconceivable.” Both Son and Kane have converted one Premier League free-kick apiece, but the South Korean forward notched his in considerably fewer attempts. 

Furthermore, Kane’s solitary goal took a deflection on its way in against Aston Villa. It remains to be seen whether Conte pays attention to Son’s exploits while on international duty and Spurs supporters will surely keep a close eye on who steps up if a set-piece is awarded in the north London derby on October 1. 

“Sometimes to start on the bench and to come in is important because in the next game you might be in the starting XI but at the same time you are recharged of the mental and physical energy,” said Conte after victory over the Foxes. “I am really happy for Sonny today. You know what I think of the player.

“I said to him, ‘If you’re going to score three goals in 30 minutes, maybe we can repeat this experiment’, but I was joking. I’m lucky, I have a really good group of players, that are really good people. We have to start thinking in a different way if we are going to make the next step.”

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