Son Heung-Min recently became the first Spurs player in 13 years to score in five competitive fixtures. The South-Korean maestro initially came through the ranks at FC Seoul before moving onto Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen. He is quickly adapting to life in the premier league and is now one of Spurs top attacking threats. Tottenham most commonly play a 4-2-3-1 formation where Son lines up in the wide left birth of the attacking midfield trident behind the striker. Son is able to play with both feet and likes to stay wide to deliver a cross or cuts inside play a through ball and take a shot at goal. So far this season he has eight goals, second only to the prolific Harry Kane.
Starting wide left Son poses significant problems for opposition markers. His ability to go outside or inside means that he can change the direction of attack in an instant. For example, against Everton for Tottenham’s third goal Son beat his first man with a clever turn, he turned inside and squared the ball to Kane who applied the finish. His ability to go either way causes big issues for the defending sides especially as they flood the empty spaces with Christian Erikson or Dele Ali drifting into his path with the addition of an overlapping full-back. This allows Spurs to create neat passing triangles in the space between the other sides full back and the right centre backs channel. Because Spurs push up full backs high and press up with their central midfield pairing Son will have the option to pass back if there’s no space to run into. Tottenham like to recycle possession at tempo so Son’s technical ability and intelligence are perfect for this style.
His positional play is flexible as well, he will drift inside from a wide position to help Spurs press or provide passing options in the central space. Spurs positional fluidity see’s the South Korean pop up anywhere across the attacking three, switching with Ali and Erikson to frustrate efforts at man-marking. He also gets back to defend, doubling up with the full back to press and make interceptions or defending the wide spaces. Son’s impressive stats this year show he’s well on his way to having his most productive season in the premier league. His shooting statistics show that he is maintaining the trend of getting into the box more and is becoming more effective at creating chances for others. After a slow start to his career, Son Heung-Min has quietly been making himself an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s lineup. His intelligence, adaptability and technique make him a versatile attacking player of real importance to Tottenham’s Champions League prospects and South Korea’s World Cup hopes.