During his first season for Tottenham, South Korean international Son Heung-min merely showed glimpses of his quality. Struggling to cement a position in the team being reduced to mainly substitute appearances, its safe to say that his debut season could have gone better. Furthermore with the acquisitions of Georges-Kévin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko, who occupy similar positions to Son, there was talk that he could be on his way out of North-London. However, based on recent performances, he could be a frequent fixture in the Spurs first team.
After already equalling his tally of 4 league goals from last season in 25 fewer games, its clear that Son has stepped it up this season. His performance against Sunderland was particularly impressive two weeks ago. Without doubt the best player on the pitch, the South Korean ran the Sunderland back line ragged for the full 90 minutes. Direct in his play with a fine shoot on him, Son has the attributes of a fine winger. Of course all that was missing from his performance was a goal which he truly deserved. On this occasion he didn’t manage it but he certainly rectified this the following week up at Middlesbrough. It was the complete performance taking both his goals with ease,the second especially which was a fine curling effort. Getting his second brace of the season and picking up the man of the match award once again, Son continued his fine form.
Son celebrating his second brace in 3 weeks over Middlesbrough on Saturday
So why has it taken so long for us to see the best of Son Heung-min ? The likely answer is that he needed time to adapt. Moving from German football where he has spent the entirety of his career to England isn’t easy and he isn’t the first player who has needed time to adjust to his new environment. Pochettino himself said he believes Son is ‘ more mature’ and ‘ he knows the league’ better. This certainly seems the case judging by his fine start to the season.
Son is now one of many Spurs midfielders who are finding their feet at the club. Lamela has started to show us his true potential over the last year or so after a slow start and Eriksen is now consistently putting in decent performances each week. The most impressive for Pochettino perhaps is that his array of attacking midfielders certainly chip in when it comes to scoring goals and with Kane’s injury, it is imperative they continue to do that.
The future certainly looks bright for Spurs under Pochettino, despite the loss of Kane for a while, and Son is surely going to be part of that future. If he and those around him continue to perform consistently then Spurs will be right up there this season.