This weekend will see the latest London derby unfold in an intriguing fixture between Tottenham and West Ham.
Despite the numerous injuries within the Tottenham squad, they will hope the new stadium will spur them on to the three points. Should they do so, one man will most likely be involved.
Heung-min Son has been the key player for Tottenham this season. In the absence of Kane, he has well and truly stepped up, proving himself as a genuine talisman.
West Ham, on the other hand, have relied on their very own tricky winger, Felipe Anderson, who has justified his hefty transfer fee with a series of promising performances.
But how do the two compare? Let’s have a further look below.
West Ham signed Felipe Anderson was brought to West Ham this summer in a hotly debated club record deal that could rise to £42m. It came after a successful season at Lazio, in which the forward scored eight and assisted 10 in 32 appearances.
Despite his good form, many were sceptical regarding the astronomical transfer fee. He hasn’t disappointed, however. Anderson has chipped in this season with nine goals and four assists, featuring in all but one of West Ham’s 35 league games. These are particularly impressive stats given it’s his first season in the Premier League.
Speaking on the official West Ham website, Anderson believes this season should go down as one of his best years in football. His pace and trickery have caught the eye of many, of whom Anderson hopes includes Brazil boss Tite.
Having adapted to the Premier League as well as he has, The Hammers will be more than hopeful he can lead them to a challenge for a European place.
The attacker must be regarded as a highly successful signing for West Ham.
TT Grade: B+
As stated, Son has proved himself as an invaluable member of the Tottenham squad this season, surpassing all prior expectation. While Son failed to reach his potential in his first couple of seasons in North London, he showed glimpses of potential that kept the fans excited.
In his first season, Son managed only four Premier League goals in 28 appearances but has become a menace ever since. He has subsequently failed to score less than 12 goals a season. However, it has been the current season where Son has emerged as a genuine leader in the squad, loved by the fans and players equally.
Son joined Tottenham for £22m in 2015 and is now valued at £58.5m by TransferMarkt, although it would take a lot more than that to prize him away from Tottenham. The South Korean has averaged a goal every three games in the Premier League but has stepped up a gear with 12 goals and six assists in 28 games this season.
The attacker has also been instrumental in Tottenham’s Champions League campaign, scoring crucial goals against both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City. With Harry Kane suffering two significant ankle injuries, Son has taken the burden of goals and revelled in it. He seems to have risen as the responsibility has increased.
Remarkably, where many tipped Son for Player of the Year, Son hasn’t even been nominated. However, his importance to Tottenham is fundamental. He will be hugely missed in their Champions League first-leg tie against Ajax.
Tottenham would make a significant profit if they were to sell Son, something highly unlikely to occur. But the point stands – he arrived for £22m and would leave for a lot more. Tottenham certainly got more than they bargained for with the attacker.
TT Grade: A
Son has to win this battle. Indeed, Anderson has made a convincing impression in his first season in London and may continue to shine. But Son has represented a different animal this season.
He has entered the conversation as one of the league’s most potent threats. What a signing he has turned out out to be.
Tottenham and West Ham fans, who do you think should be regarded the better signing? Can Anderson emulate the performances of Son? Comment below.
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