Son Heung-min insists he has already proved he can shoulder the burden of replacing Harry Kane in Tottenham’s Champions League football showdown with Manchester City tonight.
The match kicks-off at 9pm.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side head to the Etihad Stadium for the quarter-final second leg looking to protect a slender 1-0 lead.
But Tottenham’s task has been made harder by injuries to Kane and Dele Alli.
Kane is likely to miss the rest of the season after the striker suffered yet another ankle ligament injury in the first leg against City, while England midfielder Alli is a doubt after fracturing his hand in the same match.
Son’s rise to prominence is even more impressive given he was so frustrated three years ago that he considered leaving Tottenham.
“Sometimes you have tough times to get better,” said Son, who has scored 18 goals in all competitions this term.
“The club, the coaching staff, the players, when I have a tough time they help me lots to be here right now. I’m really grateful for this situation and I’m not finished. I try to improve every day.”
Son showed his compassionate side this week when he reportedly donated around US$131 000 to the victims of a deadly fire in South Korea, which killed at least two people and left hundreds homeless.