Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has opened up on his meeting with Pochettino, which eventually went on to shape his career at the club in the perfect way possible.
Son started his footballing career with Bundesliga side Hamburg at the tender age of 16. Impressing through their ranks, the South Korean signed his first professional contract on his 18th birthday before moving to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.
Two seasons on, Tottenham came knocking on his doors and before anybody would know, a deal was struck between the Lilywhites and the German club. Son became the most expensive Asian player in football history back then.
But like many other footballers, the South Korean found it hard to get into the groove and this saw him make just 13 Premier League starts in his debut season. Also, he only managed to play the complete 90 minutes just once. In a whopping 40 appearances in all competitions that season, Son had just 8 goals in his bag and Pochettino, in his recently published book, revealed that Son wanted to leave after that.
“He wanted to leave after a bad year,” said Pochettino (as quoted by Football.London). “We were clear with him that he had to earn the right to play. But I told him he was part of my plans and he decided to stay.”
Joining Tottenham wasn’t the first time Son had visited the English soil. Talking exclusively to Daily Mail, the South Korean recalled the moment when he came to the UK as a 17-year-old, knowing nothing, unable to speak the language and with no one by his side.
“Yeah, I had no friends there, no family with me and I couldn’t speak the language,” Son said this week. “I didn’t know a single word. I was on my own and I was scared, you know. It was tough.
“I had a trial at Portsmouth and one at Blackburn, too. They put me in a guest house. But I was a kid and I didn’t know anything. So that is my first memory of England and it is a bad one.”
Son indeed had a difficult start to his new life in England and it was obvious that it made him feel like he wanted to leave. But before rushing to any conclusion, he decided to have a word with Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season and this is when the motivation struck.
“I just wanted to play every game. I am hungry and I met the gaffer to ask him about playing more. So we talked about the future and he said so many good things.”
“When a player has a bad time and needs some help, he will give it. That is why I am here now and doing better.”
Son was brilliant in his second season with the club as he went on to score 21 goals in all competitions. He was Tottenham’s third highest top scorer in the Premier League with 14 goals last season after Harry Kane (29) and Dele Alli (18). The South Korean has managed to replicate his form this season as well and when asked whether he now feels established at the north London club, the 25-year-old replied,
“I try to be but I don’t think so. Harry [Kane] and Dele [Alli]… I just tell people that I play with them… that’s enough for me.
“All I do is practice every day, every session, and hope to learn. Look at Harry. I watch him train and he scores from everywhere, it’s ridiculous. I want to be at that level and I have done some OK things.
“I have scored some goals, but that is not everything, is it? Football is more than that.”
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham had been tracking Son since 2013, back when he was at Hamburg. The Bundesliga club had then demanded £12million for the forward and Tottenham decided not to rush into any decision. Only two years later, the club paid almost twice to get him from Bayer Leverkusen.
[Video] Amazing new time-lapse footage showcases pitch and seating areas of Tottenham’s new stadium
Tottenham’s new stadium is towards completion and a new time-lapse video from last week has been shared which highlights the final stages of work being done.
The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.
A clip from the video showcases a section where numerous glass panes are yet to be installed, however, a number of cranes and workers are on the job.
The pitch was installed a week ago and an interior shot displays the grass and the artificial pitch lighting. It is great to see that most of the seats are installed and the LED hoardings across the seating area of the stadium.
Hopefully, the venue will be completed quickly. Tottenham have spent a lot of time away from home with Wembley being used as a temporary ground. We even played a Carabao Cup game against Watford at Stadium MK.
“Star on and off the pitch” – Some Tottenham fans react to Spurs star’s hilarious dance
Lucas Moura seems to be enjoying his season with Tottenham. The Brazilian had a fantastic performance against Manchester United a few weeks ago and was even recalled to the Brazil squad during the recent international break.
The former PSG man has become a starter for Spurs and a recent video was shared by Moussa Sissoko of the Brazilian dancing.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 22, 2018
Some Tottenham fans reacted to the Moura dance and loved every second of it.
AMAZING CHEERFUL SAMBA SPURS TALENT
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) October 22, 2018
Star on and off the pitch.
— ⁴ (@Alderrweireld) October 22, 2018
Happy to be leaving London Stadium dressing room I imagine #WestHam
— Jeremy Palmer (@JeremyPalmer7) October 22, 2018
Who put Mambo No. 5 on? Winks?
— Enter the VAR (@thedarkpav) October 22, 2018
— Alex (@highpressmess) October 22, 2018
He certainly danced his way through Westham on Saturday 😁
— Marc R (@marcrozier1) October 22, 2018
hahaha love you 😁😘
— WanboSports万博体育 (@wanbosports) October 22, 2018
Loved it – putting your name in for Dancing with the Stars 😀
— LadyCP1851 (@LadyCP1851) October 22, 2018
Lucas is Crazy, hahaha
— Ramon Dos Santos (@nomarmsn) October 22, 2018
Thankfully he plays much better than he dances!!!😳
— Des Bennett (@DesBennett5) October 22, 2018
Spurs beat West Ham in a tough London derby on Saturday and will need another quality performance against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.
Tottenham have lost their two Champions League group games this season, and we need to defeat the Dutch team to have any chance of making it into the next round.
Tottenham downplay interest in signing 25-year-old Colombian star
Tottenham have no plans of signing Wilmar Barrios from Boca Junior, sources have told ESPN. The Colombian international had a decent World Cup with the national side and was linked with a move to Spurs, according to the report.
Reports (h/t ESPN) suggested that we had agreed on personal terms with the 25-year-old’s representatives and were preparing a bid for the midfielder.
Spurs were the only club to not sign a player in the summer but the manager was open to signings in January.
The manager was quoted by ESPN as saying:
“In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.
“We couldn’t sign [in the summer] for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign.
“Now January will come and we’re going to try to sign. I think it’s not only us — all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.
“We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club.”
Spurs are in a great position in the Premier League as we are just a couple of points behind the league leaders.
Hopefully, the right signings can help us push on this season and lead us to our first ever Premier League title.
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