The Future for Son

This weekend, as I was watching the Tottenham-Wycombe FA Cup fixture, Tottenham Hotspur went down 2-0 at halftime. After a seemingly effective Pochettino halftime talk, the Spurs equalized within 20 minutes. But there were more twists to this tale; Wycombe scored what seemed be the winner with 7 minutes remaining in regular time. But, once again, Spurs weren’t done – Dele equalized 6 minutes later and Heung-min Son won it deep into stoppage time. This was the second consecutive match in which I saw Son bail out Tottenham (after he equalized late in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City). This led me back to his magical form at the start of the season, which won him EPL Player of the Month. But no matter what he does, he can’t seem to crack into Tottenham’s starting lineup, which led me to a very interesting question: What’s next for Son?

Despite Son’s impressive play, he can’t earn a spot in Tottenham’s revamped 3-4-3 system, as Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have caught fire as of late, and don’t look like slowing down. Almost any other team in the Premier League (or any league, for that matter) would love to have Son as a key part of their team. I could easily see Swansea City, for example, centering their entire attack around the Korean. So would Son push for a move this season? If Tottenham continue to push for the title this season, it would be hard for him to leave such a growing club. However, considering he already unsuccessfully pushed for a move this season, it wouldn’t surprise me if he looked for one again this summer.

But would Tottenham even sell Son? He brings something unique to the table – while other players focus on team play and creative passing, Son is currently the only player that takes people on and creates chances for himself (except Dele at times). And while Spurs may be able to pull over €40 million for the Korean, would they be able to use that money to find a suitable replacement? Or, they might look to invest more in the youth program that just produced another kid with a bright future – Harry Winks. I think if they did sell Son, a potential move for Wilfred Zaha would be on the cards.

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Barring any international success with Korea, Son faces a mandatory 21-month military service. Photo by Manri Cheon; Licensed by CC BY-2.0

Another thing Spurs fans have to consider in the distant future is Son’s military duties. Unless he can win an international tournament with Korea (the 2018 Asian Games or the 2019 Asian Cup),  he will have to enlist in Korea’s mandatory 21-month service before he turns 28.

In my opinion, I doubt Heung-min Son will be departing Tottenham this summer. I think Son’s production has been way higher than other replacement’s would be. Plus, with the increasing transfer budgets these days, a move for a player like Zaha would probably require €30 million – at this point, selling Son wouldn’t even be worth it. In addition to this, one of the major contrasts between Tottenham and other big clubs is the sense of unity – while you hear rumors about stars from Arsenal and Chelsea potentially rifting with managers, Tottenham’s squad all seems happy to be there, even substitutes like Son. The thing is, almost everyone at the side is playing well and this is a club still on the rise, so there seems no reason for any of them to move. The same goes for Tottenham – there is no reason to sell any of their top performers considering how close they are to winning titles. For those reasons, I think Heung-min Son will have a long and successful future at Tottenham Hotspur.


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Image by: Дмитрий Голубович; Licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

Author: Nik

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