During this summer’s transfer window, Son Heung-Min became the most expensive Asian footballer in history when he signed for Tottenham Hotspur for £22million. Son started his football career in Korea with FC Seoul but was quickly snapped up by German Bundesliga outfit Hamburg at the age of 16.
After three years and 20 goals in 73 appearances for Hamburg, Son was signed by Bayer Leverkusen for a club record 10million Euros. He went on to play for Leverkusen in the Champions League and Europa League and scored an impressive 21 goals in 62 appearances.
The 23 year old attacking midfielder was highly sought after by Spurs as they attempt to regain a place amongst the Premier League’s top four and improve on last season’s fifth place finish.
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Three seasons have now passed since the north London side last finished in the top four, in fact over the Premier League’s 23 year existence Spurs have only finished in the top four twice, the only other occasion being the 2009/10 season.
The 2011-12 season saw Spurs finish fourth under Harry Redknapp’s guidance. Under Redknapp Spurs played some of the most attractive and free flowing football in the league that season. With Emanuel Adebayor spearheading their attack, the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon providing electric pace and width and Rafael Van der Vaart supplying the skill and ammunition, Spurs were a force to be reckoned with.
The end of the 2012-13 season saw Spurs finish fifth in the Premier League with Gareth Bale top scoring with 21 League goals. Bale won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year that season and soon found himself the most expensive player in football history moving to Real Madrid for £85.3 million.
Not since Gareth Bale left Spurs at the end of the 2012-13 season have they possessed a player that could run with the ball, leaving several in his wake, whilst making the transition from defence to attack seamless and at blistering pace.
Spurs have brought in attacking players like Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen and, whilst they are all exceptionally talented, they have not provided Spurs with that electrifying pace and movement they have lacked since Bale’s exit.
Son has started his Tottenham career in magnificent fashion and scored twice in their 3-1 Europa League win over FK Qarabag. He soon followed suit by scoring his first Premier League goal against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane to secure the club’s first home League win of the season.
With Spurs’ influential skipper and world class goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remaining at the club after speculation linking him with a move away in the summer, Christian Eriksen returning to match fitness to provide the ammunition to the once again amongst the goals Harry Kane and with Toby Alderweireld superbly filling the troublesome centre back spot alongside Jan Vertonghen, all looks set for a genuine top four challenge and Son Heung-Min could well be the final piece of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham jigsaw.
— Titanbet (@TitanBet) September 30, 2015