According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Tottenham look set to be without Son Heung-min for their first four Premier League games of the season. The 26-year-old was one of Spurs’ shining lights last time round in netting 18 goals and laying on 11 assists for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in all competitions, thus helping them to a third place finish in English football’s top-flight.
However, the South Korea international has been called up by his country for the Asian Games and as such will miss Spurs’ opening four league matches, a setback the North Londoners must respond to by making a move for £40.5 million-rated World Cup star Ivan Perisic (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, taking Son out of this Tottenham team also takes out a vast number of goals and assists, with the 26-year-old second in the goal-scoring charts last season behind Harry Kane, while his tally of six Premier League assists was only bettered by Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
And while some might argue that the likes of Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela have what it takes to replace Son in the Spurs team, neither showed enough last season to suggest that they will replicate what the 26-year-old offers, and while four games isn’t a huge amount, Spurs need a good start to the season to underline their Premier League title credentials.
As such, they should certainly seek to move for Inter Milan’s Perisic, who enjoyed an outstanding World Cup campaign with Croatia this summer in helping them reach the final last weekend.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Tottenham before given his fine exploits for the Italian side over the years, and his stock is only likely to have raised even more having netted three goals and laid on one assist for his country as they reached the showpiece, only to lose 4-2 to Didier Deschamps’ France.
Nonetheless, what the winger offered Croatia in the attacking third of the pitch was remarkable to suggest that he could have a big impact on this Tottenham team, with Perisic possessing the sort of pace and trickery needed to succeed in the Premier League.
As such, with Son set to miss their opening four games of the season, Spurs must seek to respond to that setback by moving for ex-target Perisic this summer.
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