Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says he is ready to drop the out-of-form Son Heung-min for Saturday night’s game against Leicester – although the striker is already “angry”.
Son is still waiting for his first goal of the season despite turning 23 last season to share the golden boot with Mo Salah.
The South Korean drew another gap in Spurs’ 2-0 Champions League loss to Sporting Lisbon this week and Conte could now shake up his front three.
“Sonny, sure, he’s not happy because he’s not scoring,” said Conte.
“It’s normal and I like that he’s a little angry about this situation because it means he wants to try to change it. We’re talking about Sonny and he’s a really important player for us.
“Obviously it can happen that in some games he doesn’t get to play from the start, as does Harry (Kane).
“But only to protect him, give him a chance to rest, take care of his energy and give us a win. Certainly I will do rotation on Saturday.’
Conte also revealed he had spoken to Dejan Kulusevski to reaffirm his faith in the winger after he was benched for a third game in a row.
“It’s not easy to make that decision (dropping Kulusevski),” Conte said.
“But every decision I will make is always for the best of the team.”