Tottenham supporters are keeping a very close eye on Son Heung-min’s progress at the Asia Games as he bids to clinch a game-changing gold medal in the context of his future career.
Lucas Moura’s performance at Old Trafford yesterday evening has left the Tottenham supporters in a state of pure delight after they recorded their third straight victory of the season. The Brazilian’s impact during the first three matches of the new campaign has helped the supporters to forget about Son Heung-min who is currently away on international duty.
And whilst Spurs were preparing for a Monday night showdown with Manchester United yesterday, Son was busy helping South Korea qualify for the semi-finals of the Asia Games as his side recorded a dramatic 4-3 victory over Uzbekistan.
With just two games remaining in the competition the possibility of Son earning exemption from mandatory military service is growing, but Spurs must have a contingency plan in place to implement in the event that South Korea do not win gold in the Asia Games.
The likes of Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura will help to fill the void left by Son, but Pochettino would certainly need to delve into the transfer market and make a genuine statement of intent by brining one of Europe’s most talented wingers to the club, namely Leon Bailey.
Bayer Leverkusen’s 21-year-old star joined the club from Genk for just £12.15 million back in January 2017, but the rate of his development in the Bundesliga suggests he could be worth almost 4 times that amount in the current market.
With a record of 9 goals and 6 assists to boast from just 30 league appearances last season it’s clear that Bailey possesses the clinical instinct to make a huge impact in European football, whilst his desire to consistently take on his opposite number with flair and speed would undoubtedly strike fear into Premier League defenders.
In terms of a notable comparison, it’s fair to say that there are plenty of similarities to be drawn between Riyad Mahrez and Bailey: both players are naturally left-footed, excellent finishers, possess a low centre of gravity and are able to ghost past players with a direct style of dribbling.
Boasting the versatility and fluidity to slot into a handful of attacking midfield roles, Bailey is a perfect fit for Pochettino’s philosophy and his presence would enable the club to deal with a huge setback following Son’s departure.
The prospect of making a huge profit off Bailey’s sale would certainly encourage Leverkusen to sell their crown jewel in the future, and if they are willing to entertain offers for his services there is no doubt that Daniel Levy should finance the acquisition of a perfect replacement for Son.
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