Premier League

New agreement with £31.5m-rated star would be Tottenham’s best deal of 2018

The Tottenham Hotspur fans were delighted in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after their side comfortably moved into the semi-final of the FA Cup with a 3-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. 

Mauricio Pochettino took another positive step in his quest to lift his first trophy in English football on Saturday lunchtime by coasting to victory against a resurgent Swansea in South Wales. Prior to the match there were some lingering doubts over Tottenham’s ability to find the back of the net in the absence of Harry Kane, but the players firmly put those doubts to rest with a potent attacking display.

One of the biggest questions which dominated the pre-match discussion amongst our resident Lilyhwite punters concerned who Pochettino would replace Kane with at centre-forward. As many predicted, Heung-Min Son (valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt) was preferred over Fernando Llorente to lead the line for the travelling side, but the South Korean’s performance was rather overshadowed by the brilliance of Christian Eriksen who was deployed in a slightly deeper role.

However, Son’s failure to either score or assist against Swansea was something of an anomalous result in relation to his brilliant form in recent weeks. According to Sky Sports (via talkSPORT), Daniel Levy is set to reward Son for his form with a contract extension in the coming weeks, and if the reports prove to be true then Spurs look set to complete their best deal of 2018 so far.

The performances of Son of late are bound to have drawn interest from a handful of Europe’s heavyweight clubs who will be weighing up summer bids for his services, but the ambitions of those clubs will be left in tatters if he does indeed opt to commit his long-term future to Tottenham. So far this season, Son has scored 18 goals and provided 9 assists from his 44 appearances in all-competitions – a statistic which serves to emphasise his importance to the club.

But there are some things which statistics cannot tell you about Son, as his end product merely represents one aspect of his plethora of qualities. Son consistently utilises his devastating ability to run at opponents with pace and trickery, but he also offers a fantastic defensive outlet due to the high intensity of his work-rate and his willingness to track back for the benefit of his team.

Quite simply, Son sits alongside Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen in a bracket of players who are narrowly behind Harry Kane in terms of their importance to the clubs success. Losing any one of the aforementioned players would significantly damage the clubs ambitions of claiming silverware next season, so if Levy can tie Son down with a new contract in the imminent future then he will certainly be completing their best deal of the year so far.

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