According to the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign South Korean star, Son Heung-Min ahead of premier league rivals; Arsenal and Liverpool but without the allure of Champions League football, would the Bayer Leverkusen forward even consider the move?
Roberto Soldado has failed to impress during his time at Spurs following a £26 million move from Valencia last summer and Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino has been forced to play England U21 International, Harry Kane. And after a blistering start to the season, Kane currently stands as The Lilywhites top goal scorer with 10 goals, 6 of which have been in Europe including a hat-trick against Greek minnows, Asteras Tripolis.
Emmanuel Adebayor has been out-of-favour since the arrival of Pochettino at White Hart Lane and the Argentinian may see Son as his ideal replacement this January.
The South Korea international can be deployed through the middle or out-wide and is known for his clinical finishing on either foot so the 22 year-old forward could be the answer to Tottenham’s goal scoring problems this season. Son has already netted 8 times for Leverkusen this season, as opposed to Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, who only have 5 goals between them.
Bayer Leverkusen have already advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare and have the opportunity to avoid the European giants by topping the group with a win over Benfica, who have already been eliminated. Son Heung-Min has played a vital role in their European success so far, even contributing with a goal against Benfica in the reverse fixture in a 3-1 victory over the Portuguese giants.
Tottenham Hotspur haven’t featured in the Champions League since the 2010/11 season when Harry Redknapp led the English side to the quarter finals before crashing out to Real Madrid. Their absence from football’s most illustrious cup tournament has made it difficult for them to sign certain players and have lost out on major signings because of it, Willian moving to Chelsea after completing a medical at White Hart Lane being the most recent example of this.
Mauricio Pochettino may have to ensure his team’s place in the Champions League before Son Heung-Min is tempted to join Spurs but should he be persuaded, he will be a bargain for only £20 million.