Tottenham are looking to solve their striker famine by swooping for Hamburg’s South Korean forward Son Heung-Min, according to The Daily Mail. The brief article suggests that Spurs are being encouraged to bid around £10 million for the young striker. Should Spurs fans start to get excited, or is there more to this potential deal?
Son’s reputation has flourished in the last year. He scored some important goals at the end of last season in helping Hamburg avoid the humiliation of relegation, and started off this season in good form. His double against Borussia Dortmund in a 3-2 victory has been perhaps the highlight of Hamburg’s season so far.
What could Son offer to Tottenham’s attack? He certainly has a variety of attributes. At 6 foot tall he is capable in the air, but also mobile and quick off the mark. Son has shown he can finish with either foot and has the positional instinct of a poacher. His recent goal in a friendly against Austria Vienna has added to his reputation, although the opposition defending would have Alan Hansen in uproar!
Of course at 20 he also has a lot of potential, and there is no doubting his work-rate. Yet for £10 million I think Tottenham fans would expect more. He will struggle to displace Adebayor and Defoe, and he would have to work on his strength to impress in the Premier League. Son’s strike rate is also a concern, with 6 goals in 17 appearances this season, and 14 in 61 during his three years with Hamburg. English defences will not be shuddering.
In football’s current climate it is impossible to look past an ulterior motive to this potential transfer. The Premier League is a huge commodity in Asia, and the possible commercial advantages of this move are obvious. The success of fellow Koreans such as Park Ji-Sung and Lee Chung-Yong have led to huge television audiences and increased merchandise sales.
Son is already a big hit in his home country, and a Premier League move would only enhance his stature. Combined with a Champions League spot, Spurs could make big returns on an initial £10 million outlay.