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Tottenham Hotspur circling La Liga winger who could be Son Heung-min’s ideal successor

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Tottenham look to sign Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams as a potential successor for Son Heung-min

Not that the 31-year-old is slowing down or needs immediate replacing, but it would surely be wise of the club to start thinking of a future past Tottenham captain Son Heung-min. The South Korean international has been a huge part of the club, ever since joining Spurs from Leverkusen in 2015.

Under Ange Postecoglou, after the departure of Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, Son saw himself named the club captain. In his debut season with the armband, in 29 appearances across all competitions until now, he has scored 15 goals and has nine assists to boot.

According to Sky Sports, Tottenham see themselves among the clubs circling Nico Williams of Athletic Bilbao as a potential long-term replacement for Sonny. Both players are very similar in terms of being genuinely two-footed. That fairly reduces the difference in playing the role of a traditional winger, or inverted.

For starters, Nico Williams would increase the "Trim Standards" in the PL.
For starters, Nico Williams would increase the “Trim Standards” in the PL.

Nico to the Lilywhites?

Stats via FBRef comparing Son and Williams also showcase how similar their style of play is. The major underlying difference is the pure goalscoring ability of the former Leverkusen man, and that is one metric Williams will get better at with time.

In terms of shot-creating actions, Williams nicks it away from Son like a James Anderson outswinger under cloudy conditions. To sum the major differences up, one could argue that the pair of players are very similar to each other in all metrics, but Son is a prolific goalscorer and Williams excels at creating chances.

Williams’ potential acquisition represents a smart investment for Tottenham. At just 21, he offers long-term prospects and could provide significant returns on investment. Additionally, Williams has already showcased his talent and potential at Athletic Bilbao, making him a promising asset for any club looking to bolster their attacking options.

Moreover, Williams could benefit immensely from learning under the guidance of Son Heung-min initially. Son’s experience, leadership, and technical expertise could serve as invaluable resources for Williams as he continues to develop and refine his skills. By observing Son’s professionalism and work ethic, Williams can gain valuable insights into what it takes to succeed at the highest level of football.

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Only time will give further clarity on Tottenham’s position when it comes to the pursuit of Williams. The Spanish international can surely warrant a semi-decent fee for Bilbao and the question that would eventually arise is whether or not Spurs find it feasible.

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