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Heung-min Son contract report represents massive turnaround

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Heung-min Son contract report represents massive turnaround

The South Korean looked to be on his way out at Spurs after just one poor season.

Reports this week have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur are set to offer winger Heung-min Son a new deal at the club. Spurs signed the South Korean from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 after he had starred in the Bundesliga.

Now he is to be rewarded for his form at Tottenham with a new deal at  the club, improving on his £60,000-a-week current wages – as reported by the London Evening Standard.

The news that Son will be getting a new deal will not shock fans. The attacker has been in fine form for the past 18 months and has earned a new deal with the North London club.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (R) reacts as he leaves the pitch with Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min following the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 14, 2016. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

It certainly represents a massive turnaround for Son. After his first season at Spurs it seemed he was on his way out.

One year after he made the move to Tottenham it looked as though Son had not made the grade in the Premier League. Son did not have a poor first campaign at Spurs. It was however an extremely inconsistent one. He battled with fitness trouble in his debut campaign and only started 13 league games – often finding himself hauled off by Mauricio Pochettino. That summer he was linked with a move back to Germany, with Wolfsburg and Schalke linked. Spurs, it seemed, were ready to cut their losses.

But Son remained. At the time it was reported by SportBild that Mauricio Pochettino had vetoed the sale, believing Son still had the ability to make it at Spurs.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 28: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur scores the opening goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Rochdale at Wembley Stadium on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

That belief has certainly been rewarded. Son has scored 15 goals this season, including a double v Huddersfield at the weekend. On his day Son has proven himself to be one of the biggest wide threats in the Premier League.

Now Son has been offered his new deal the South Korean must add some consistency to his performances. When he performs to eh best of his ability Son has proven himself to be unplayable.

Adding more goals to his game will take the weight off the shoulders of Harry Kane. Tottenham’s hierarchy obviously believe that Son has a bright future at the club. It is quite a turnaround considering the South Korean’s position at the club after his first campaign.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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