Garth Crooks has lavished praise on Tottenham Hotspur hitman Son Heung-min following his hat-trick on Saturday.
Son came off the bench to fire home a stunning treble in a 6-2 demolition of Leicester City in North London.
In doing so, the former Bayer Leverkusen attacker, a £22 million signing under Mauricio Pochettino, also scored his first three goals of what had proven a difficult season for the South Korea international before this gameweek.
Consequence of not scoring all season, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte dropped Son from the starting lineup against City.
And Crooks has told BBC Sport that the treble was a way of sticking ‘two fingers up’ to the Italian boss.
He said: “What a way to regain your confidence, and at the same stick two fingers up to the manager. To be fair to Conte he did bring Son on after 59 minutes in the hope that the player might seal the game for Spurs – and that’s precisely what he did.”
Tottenham ensure they go into the North London derby with excellent confidence.
Conte’s side visit the Emirates Stadium on October 1 in what promises to be a fascinating battle, with Arsenal also bang in form and top of the Premier League standings going into the international break.
However, the Lilywhites boss will be delighted that he got Son back on form before such a big game.
Because even though there’s two weeks in between both dates, Son will surely be champing at the bit to continue making up for a sluggish start to the campaign.