Son Heung-min gives his verdict on the potential competition for places at Tottenham Hotspur
While speaking in an interview during the pre-season tour as quoted by the Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min lauded the team’s transfer business and suggested competition for the places would help the team perform better.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been major sources of goals and assists for Tottenham over the last few seasons. Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn were in Antonio Conte’s front line. The Italian manager, nevertheless, didn’t have enough faith in them.
The decision by the Dutch to leave the team during the current window put the management under a lot of strain. But, Tottenham have been successful in reinforcing their frontline with the arrival of Richarlison from Everton.
Dejan Kulusevski was impressive during his first season with Spurs and Conte can also use Ivan Perišić in the front line whenever required. So, now the competition has been raised for the starting spot at the North London club.
According to Son, competition will eventually boost the overall team’s performance. The South Korean star even added that Tottenham’s attacking unit will gain depth and a new dimension with the addition of Richarlison, who has joined the club for a record fee of £60 million.
“Competition is always good. You improve yourself and also your team-mates. We can rotate, or we can have a different style of football, or we can have different movements. Adding players like Richy is incredible. He’s a quality player so I’m really enjoying that. I’ve been with him only four days but he’s become like a really close friend.”
The current champion of the Premier League’s Golden Boot excelled in incredible fashion last season. He tied Mohamed Salah’s record for Premier League goals in game week 38, earning him a share of the coveted individual accolade.
Son has been an important member of our team for a considerable amount of time, and retaining hold of him would have been the greatest course of action if Antonio Conte’s team is to win a championship.
In fact, Son’s 2021–22 season serves as another evidence of how crucial it is to keep him around the team in order to provide Conte with the necessary resources to end our trophy drought.
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Without a doubt, Son would remain a strong performer for Tottenham next season. However, this time he would have a strong frontline backing him, which could eventually help decrease the pressure on the South Korean.