Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly closing in on a new deal for Son Heung-min in a move that could see him remain at the club until he is almost 34 years of age – but fans will be hoping it does not have a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-like reaction.
Son, 28, has been in sensational form once again this season – having a hand in 19 goals during his 17 outings. He has scored 13 times and created six more – following a goal and an assist in the North London derby on Sunday.
Fabrizio Romano, a well-respected journalist, claimed on his Here We Go podcast that Spurs are ‘very close’ to penning a new deal for the South Korea captain. The new terms are expected to last until 2025 or 2026.
“But the agreement is getting closer, probably a five or six-year deal. Everybody in this deal wants to sign the new contract. Son is so happy with Tottenham. The new contract is coming in some weeks,” Romano said.
If it is the latter, his contract will run until just eight days before he turns 34 on June 8. A mammoth deal, then – and one that could see Son settle an take his foot off the gas, something which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been accused of doing.
Last season, Aubameyang netted a whopping 29 goals in 44 games – and he then signed a new mammoth contract in the summer. Since then, the Gunners skipper has netted just four times this term, one of which was a penalty against Man United.
So, while a new long-term deal for Son is a huge boost for everyone involved at Spurs – and provides them with a world superstar for the next few years, Tottenham need to be wary. They need to make sure that Son continues to perform at the level he is at.
Letting him get comfortable at Spurs – something which a new contract could do – could see him struggle to replicate the form he is currently showing. Fans might be concerned that if Son does sign a new deal, he could easily become the new Aubameyang.