Spurs will miss 'unbelievable' Son, says Alli

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Son Heung-min has been in superb form for Tottenham over the past few weeks and has been directly involved in 17 goals in his last 11 appearances

Dele Alli admitted Tottenham will miss Son Heung-min when the in-form forward departs for the Asian Cup, but he hopes others step up.

Son, 26, has scored nine goals in his past 10 games for Spurs, who will be without the South Korea international after January 13 due to the Asian Cup.

Only Harry Kane (14 goals) has netted more times than Son (eight) for Spurs in the Premier League this season.

Alli acknowledged Son would be missed, but he feels Tottenham have enough depth to cover for his departure.

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"Sonny leaving any team would be a great miss because he's a great player," he told UK newspapers.

"But, at the same time, we've got players that have been working hard and are ready to come in.

"He is obviously in great form and it will be sad to see him go but he will be back and we just keep going. Lucas [Moura] is a fantastic player as well, or whoever the manager decides to put in.

"I think seeing him [Son] every day in training, playing with him in games, you can see the quality he has.

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"He's an unbelievable player with both feet, and he has an eye for goals and can produce magic out of nothing. So no one is really surprised to see him in this form because he is a fantastic player and has amazing qualities."

Son was on target again as Spurs beat Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup on Friday night. The former Bayer Leverkusen man netted once and provided two assists in the 7-0 mauling.

In Son's absence, Tottenham host Chelsea in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie on Tuesday, with the return fixture to be played on January 22. The 26-year-old will also miss Spurs' crucial clash against Manchester United next Sunday.