Tottenham 6-2 Leicester: Heung-min Son ends drought with second half hat-trick

Heung-min Son emphatically ended his eight-game goal drought with a 14-minute hat-trick as Tottenham came from behind to thrash Leicester 6-2 on Saturday.

Son was dropped to the bench after failing to score in any of Spurs’ opening matches of the season but kick-started his campaign with a magical cameo from the bench following his introduction on the hour, firing in two trademark long-range strikes before slotting his third past the hapless Danny Ward.

First-half headers from Harry Kane and Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentacur’s first Spurs goal had seen Antonio Conte’s side bounce back from Youri Tielemans’ fourth-minute, retaken penalty and James Maddison’s magical hooked finish to lead 3-2 early in the second half.

But Son upstaged all that had come before with his memorable treble extending Tottenham’s unbeaten start to seven games and lifting Conte’s side above rivals Arsenal up to second in the table, level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City. Winless Leicester remain bottom with just one point to show from their first seven games.

Team news

  • After failing to score in eight matches this season, Spurs boss Antonio Conte named Heung-min Son on the bench as he made four changes from the midweek loss at Sporting Lisbon. Davison Sanchez, Clement Lenglet, Ryan Sessegnon and Dejan Kulusevski earned recalls.
  • Leicester made three changes from the humbling 5-2 defeat at Brighton, with debutant Wout Faes, Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall returning in place of Luke Thomas, Boubakary Soumare and Kelechi Iheanacho.

More to follow…

What’s next?

After the international break, Tottenham travel to Arsenal for the North London derby on October 1 at 12.30pm, before Leicester host Nottingham Forest on Monday Night Football on October 3 at 8pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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