Heung-min Son is finally getting the credit he deserves. The South Korean has been in fine form for Tottenham Hotspur this season. He has 16 goals so far this season and has really stepped up in the absence of key man Harry Kane.
His rise to stardom at Tottenham is even more dramatic when you consider some of the reports after his first season at the club.
The Telegraph reported in the summer of 2016 that Mauricio Pochettino had decided he would sell Son back to Germany if he could recoup the £22 million they paid Bayer Leverkusen for his services. Wolfsburg were said to be keen on the player.
It came after Son’s poor performance in the infamous 5-1 loss to already relegated Newcastle United. The report claimed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was ‘humiliated’ by the loss and that the display convinced Pochettino that Ryan Mason and Son could go.
But despite the previous reports, Pochettino must have had a change of heart. As reported by Wolfsburger Allgemeine, the Argentine eventually vetoed the move.
So in the end, Mason was sold that summer but Son stayed. He knew his first season at Tottenham was not up to his high standards. He even told the press in his homeland as much.
“I feel like I am still young and have a lot more to learn.
“I know my career is just beginning. After the season ended, I couldn’t get to sleep, knowing I could have played better. But overall, I learned a lot this season.”
Since then he has been a consistent top performer for Tottenham and an undoubted fan favourite. Pochettino has a delicate balancing act to do with his squad and players do need to be sold. It seems Son could have been such a sacrifice. But backing the South Korean to come good now looks like being a brilliant decision from the Tottenham boss.