Son delivers praise for Tottenham's number nine as the two look to continue scoring

In the captain's absence, Richarlison delivered an incredible string of performances, and now the pair will try and keep their good form going.

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After a tough first season in North London and a shaky start to the 23/24 campaign, it was incredible to see Richarlison score nine goals in eight games, with four of those coming in Son's absence. Of course, the Korean captain had plenty of praise for the Brazilian striker.

Speaking with Spursplay, the winger talked about his return from national team duty and specifically noted the brilliant performances from Richarlison over the past few months when asked about their proximity in the golden boot race:

"I hope he can get a golden boot, why not? He's doing an amazing job for the team. Obviously he had a frustrating year, but for him I had no doubt... he's the Brazilian number nine striker."

It's certainly true that over the past three months, since recovering from surgery, Richy has looked like a completely different player:

"He had a couple of issues with his body, I kept telling him that you have to try and fix it because it's worth it [and].... I had a similar situation as him. He's stepped up amazingly, so as a teammate I want to help him as much as I can and why not? He has to believe he can win the golden boot."

With Son's 12 goals and Richarlison's 10, the two players have worked their way into joining the list of the top-eight scorers in the league. Their goal output has been excellent this year, and they're receiving support from all over the pitch.

Dejan Kulusevski currently has six goals to his name, while summer signings Brennan Johnson and James Maddison have added three each.

It's fair to say that the pressure will be on for each of the players to continue contributing goals week in and week out. However, with both of them finally back to full fitness, their collective presence and newly-established chemistry on the pitch should allow the pair to feed off one another, which will hopefully see them add assists to their tallies as well.