Why Heung-Min Son could prove an inspired signing for Tottenham

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Heung-Min Son is in London for a medical ahead of a move to Spurs this week, following two solid seasons with Bayern Leverkusen after joining from Hamburg in 2013. 

The Korean International is both a midfielder and a forward, capable of playing on both flanks as well as through the middle. Son has scored 21 goals in his last two seasons in the Bundesliga, most of which came from a deep position due to Stefan Kiessling being Leverkusen's starting striker.

As well as scoring 21 goals, the Korean has created 73 chances in 61 appearances for the Westphalian side in domestic competition. 


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He has played well in Leverkusen's Champions League endeavors, scoring 4 goals and registering 2 assists in 16 matches. Not an incredible tally, but Leverkusen have not made it past the first knockout round in either season due to being somewhat outmatched by bigger sides.

Son's talent lies in the shape of a goalscoring midfielder who is also able to play in his team-mates.

His work rate is impressive, and combined with his pace he is able to close down defenders as well as contribute to every one of his team's attacking moves.

In 2013-14, he was the best attacking player in his side. He played a key role in a Leverkusen side that specialised in having all their attacking players able to play others through. 

At the end of that season, Bayer signed Hakan Calhanoglu, who became the mainstay No. 10 in the team, keeping Son's role on the wings. 

The fact that a winger is able to make an offensive contribution in terms of passing and score 10+ goals in a league season is very impressive - but some of Son's talents were choked while stuck on the flanks. 

Out Of Position

He made 2.7 successful dribbles every match in his 2013-14 season when allowed to roam more, and made 1.1 less per game the following season, when he forced to play out wide.

He attempted 2.1 shots every match in 2014-15, 0.6 less than the year before. More worrying, however, is that his shot accuracy also dropped from 60% to 54% on the season. 

Will Spurs play him the way he should be played?

Son's ability to finish will be a huge help for a Spurs team that look like they only have one consistent goalscorer. He could play a second striker role, or a role in any of the attacking midfielder positions - though there is not a ton of room for him in the side.

Erik Lamela looks likely to leave for Italy in the coming days, which means there is a vacancy on the right hand side. Nacer Chadli looks like he will play on the left side for the majority of games, and Eriksen and Kane seem to be nailed on as the central players in the attack. 

It is clear that the flanks are not where Son does his best work - he works well starting from a forward position, being able to roam between the sideline and the middle of the pitch.

The right side role is a position Son has not played consistently before. However, if Spurs can make their attack more free-roam system and Son's role has a flexible position, he will be very, very effective. 

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