It must have been pretty tough to be a Spurs fan through the past few summers. From 2013’s Gareth Bale exit and mega spend on top European talent through to the cautious 2014 dealings and the lack of imagination shown through much of the window just gone, there hasn’t been much to get excited about at White Hart Lane.
However, a late move or Heung-Min Son prior to the recent deadline is one to have got pulses racing in the white half of North London. Although not a the marquee man some supporters have craved, the South Korea international looks to be an intelligent purchase.
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At the risk of coming over all Sky Sports News, Son’s Football Manager 15 stats show that he has real pace. An overall speed rating of 17 and acceleration of 16, although not lightening fast, show that he could add a new dimension to Spurs’ attack.
The Lilywhites have been a little ponderous so far this season the final third, so some added explosiveness could be just the ticket for making the London club more of a threat on the counter-attack.
Although more of an inside forward at home in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 set-up, Son can be used as n orthodox striker. He may lack the physicality of Kane, but his intelligent movement make him a useful alternative.
Prior to Son’s arrival there were growing mutterings of discontent at the striking situation in North London, with Kane the only genuine option in the role. While Emmanuel Adebayor has stayed put there are serious doubts surrounding his frame of mind when it comes to playing first-team football, while Roberto Soldado is no longer an option following his move to Villarreal.
Versatility really is one of Son’s major attributes. His pace means that he’s at home on either flank, while his in-game intelligence and natural attacking instincts make him a useful option cutting in from either flank. As well as this, he possesses enough guile to operate as a ‘No.10’, where his goalscoring touch could make him a viable alternative for Christian Eriksen.
Although not prolific in front of goal, Son has notched in excess of ten goals in each of his last three full Bundesliga seasons – an impressive record considering his age and role as a wide attacker. We may be only four games into the season, but Spurs’ lack of cutting edge looks to be a worry, with only three goals scored – half of bottom of the table Sunderland’s tally – so far, while Kane is yet to get off the mark.
A £22m addition late in the transfer window showed that Spurs mean business. Chairman Daniel Levy’s commitment to spending has been questioned in the past, but a deal for Son was swiftly pressed through, illustrating that the North London club are willing to open the chequebook for the good of the cause.
Reports also claim that Tottenham fought off interest from Liverpool and Manchester City for the Asian superstar, too.