Son Heung-min to fire Tottenham forward

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South Korean international and Leverkusen attacker Son Heung-min signed for Spurs last week in a deal worth a rumoured £22 million.

This was a deal that seemingly came out of the blue; yes Spurs had been rumoured to be interested in Son, but then again Spurs are so often linked with every player in Europe.

It was a particularly intelligent signing by Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, allowing the media and fans alike to focus on the negotiations with West Brom for Saido Berahino, thus allowing the deal with Leverkusen to happen under wraps.


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Background information

Son Heung-min is an attacker who often plays as an inside forward on either wing or as an out-and-out striker. What truly makes Son a special player is his complete ease at using either foot, it can be argued that he doesn't have a 'weak' foot.

Son started his professional football career in Hamburg in 2008, eventually making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2010. Son announced himself as a talent, scoring goals early in his career as well as breaking the record for Hamburg's youngest scorer.

After 73 appearances and 20 goals for Hamburg, Leverkusen made the move to sign him, spending £7.2m on the Korean striker; a Leverkusen transfer record until the signing of Javier Hernández yesterday.

Son was very successful at Leverkusen, being part of a key side that included the likes of Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Karim Bellarabi. His goal record of 21 in 62 was enough to persuade Spurs to open their cheque book.


There is the slight worry that due to Son having not completed his mandatory two year military period that he could potentially be taken out of the Spurs squad in order to do this.

However this is incredibly unlikely and a non story; Son is probably one of South Korea's leading athletes, he generates a phenomenal amount of interest in the nation, and often special achievements in sport nullify the need to complete his military sentence, such as winning trophies or medals with the national side.

I'm willing to state that Son will not do his military service when at Spurs.

A good fit for Spurs?

As any Spurs fan will tell you that whilst our first four games of the season have not gone exactly to plan, having lost once and drawn three times to teams we should be beating; it has not all been that disheartening we have often created clear cut chances (the most in the league) we just have not been able to finish them.

This is where hopefully Son will come in. Whilst not always an out and out striker in the same mould of the HurriKane, he will still provide a clinical touch that is very much needed in this side; as well as taking some of the goal scoring pressure from our young messiah.

Economic benefits?

Lots of fans have baulked slightly at the idea of paying £22 million for a player who hasn't played in the Premier League before, but fans need not to worry, he already speaks English and is more than capable of playing a physical game, although fans so often exaggerate the physical side of the English game in my opinion.

But economically the benefits from having perhaps the most well-loved South Korean player in the side will counter the large sum of money.

As Manchester United have past proven with the signings of Japanese player Shinji Kagawa and South Korean Ji-Sung Park, a signing of an east Asian player will allow fan bases to develop hugely in the far east, allowing a great deal of merchandise and shirts to be sold.


Hopefully the signing of Son Heung-min will allow the Spurs attack to thrive, that combined with the recent signing of Clinton N'Jie, who is a bit less proven, should kick Tottenham up the arse and allow us to actually finish the chances we are creating.

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