Son Heung-Min, Tottenham’s £22 milion signing from Bayer Leverkusen is already fast becoming a fan favourite at White Hart Lane. Like all big money signings, everyone wants to see them hit the ground running, and the higher the fee, the quicker the fans expect a response.
Erik Lamela has received a lot of criticism from Spurs fans, certainly myself included, since he arrived from Roma for £30 million. He has taken a very long time to settle and I wrote only a month ago, a piece begging Pochettino to stop playing the Argentine. To be fair, since that article was published, his form has vastly improved, and he looks to be finally finding his feet. His last few performances have been much better and the finish for our third goal against Qarabag was coolness personified.
We had it as well with Roberto Soldado, signed for £26 million and a proven goalscorer in La Liga, I think the fans could be forgiven for expecting goals. It wasn’t to be and we were left ultimately disappointed after so much initial excitement.
For Son then, to make such a big impact so early on in his Tottenham career is an absolutely mouthwatering prospect for the fans, who’ve been craving a new star since the departure of Gareth Bale.
He was quiet in his first game, away to Sunderland, but on his home debut, to score two goals in as many minutes sending the home fans into raptures, was simply delightful. Add to this, another goal, which proved to be decisive, against a very good Crystal Palace side this season, reasserts faith for the fans in Tottenham’s recruitment process. Many had become sceptical about the way we conduct our transfer business, but with Son Heung-Min, it looks like we’ve unearthed a gem.
Three goals in three games is certainly hitting the ground running, making an almost instant impact, and must be a relief to everyone concerned with the club after a less than inspiring opening few games.
These goals are going to be crucial if we are going to mount some kind of challenge this season, be it an attempt on the seemingly impenetrable top-four, or more realistically, winning a cup. It also relieves a huge burden on Harry Kane’s shoulders, and I’ve no doubt that he will start scoring again imminently. No-one can fault the young England star’s work rate, his performances have continued to be of a high standard, and if he carries on like he has been, the goals will come.
With the North London derby fast approaching in the third round of the Capital One Cup, the South Korean couldn’t have possibly made a better start, and the Tottenham faithful will be praying he, and the rest of the side can carry on the momentum with another win on Wednesday night. Its an absolutely massive game and another win could be the catalyst for us to go on and achieve great things this season.