Heung-min Son – the man who deserves more credit

Heung-min Son is saving the Tottenham’s season this month, and he may be one of the most underrated football players in the Premier League at the moment.

The South Korean international came to the Premier League from the Bundesliga side, Bayer Leverkusen. He started his professional career in Germany and made his way up through the ranks of Hamburger SV’s youth academy.

Son made his professional debut in the 2010/11 season at the age of 18. The South Korean scored 8 goals in his first two Bundesliga seasons for Hamburger but showed his pure talent in 2013 with his excellent performance against the champions Borussia Dortmund on Signal Iduna Park.

Heung-min finished the season with 12 goals in the Bundesliga and on June 13, 2013 moved to Leverkusen for reported €10 million. Son adjusted quickly to his new club, scoring three goals in his first three appearances for the team in the pre-season.

Son played 87 games for Bayer Leverkusen, scored 29 goals and noted 11 assists. His best performance was against his former club, Hamburger SV when he scored a hat-trick in the 5-3 victory.

With his great games, the 26-year old attracted Tottenham’s attention and in August 2015 signed for the Spurs for a transfer fee of €30 million. With his move to the Premier League. Son became the most expensive Asian player in football history.

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His adaptation to English football took a while, as the South Korean scored only four Premier League goals in his first season as Spurs’ player. Son exploded in his second season at Tottenham, as he scored 21 goals and added 10 assists in all competitions.

Since then the 26-year old has become one of the most important men for Mauricio Pochettino and he has racked up a whopping tally of 61 goals and 35 assists from 170 appearances for the Spurs.

It’s the versatility though, that is particularly impressive. He is best known for his ability to cut in from the left flank, but he can really score from anywhere. It can be a long-range strike, a tap in, a precise pass into the corner, or a header, he’s just a natural finisher.

Son can play on any attacking position, as he is not only clinical with his finishing but also has the vision and the presence of mind to create chances. He links up perfectly with Eriksen, Alli, and Kane playing clever one-twos and drawing the defenders out from their positions to open up the half-spaces.

Going by the numbers, Heung-min Son has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League in recent times. He has scored 10 goals and made 6 assists so far this campaign and stepped-up for Tottenham in the last games, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli being injured.

Son may be the man to save Spurs’ season in the Premier League and it is time he gets the credit he deserves. He signed a new 5-year contract with Tottenham last summer.


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