Tottenham’s star player, Son Heung-min, is facing a potential transfer decision as he has been linked with a lucrative move to Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi clubs have been making big statements in the transfer market this summer, and Son’s name has emerged as a possible target.
After a frustrating year for the player, Son is determined to start the new Premier League season strongly. Despite a slow start to the 2022/23 campaign, he eventually found his form and contributed 14 goals and six assists in 47 games for Tottenham.
It was revealed that he had been playing through a sports hernia injury, which may have affected his performance.
With the transfer window now open, Son’s potential move to Al Ittihad has attracted attention. The Saudi Arabian clubs have recently secured high-profile signings such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and more Premier League stars are expected to follow suit.
However, Son is reportedly not interested in a move to Saudi Arabia, despite the club preparing a £51 million bid.
Although a tempting offer, Tottenham would lose a significant revenue source by letting go of Son, who is the star name of Asian football. On the pitch, his departure would leave a huge void as he has been prolific and scored crucial goals for the team. The club’s management, including the managing director of football and Daniel Levy, must make a transfer decision regarding Son’s future, considering his age and contract situation.
Finding a long-term successor for Son, who has contributed 145 goals and 80 assists in 372 games for Tottenham over eight years, will be a challenging task.
Ideally, the club would have already secured a replacement, but this is not always the case. Tottenham has previously struggled to find cover for departing players, as seen in the search for a successor to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The partnership between Son and Harry Kane has been formidable, consistently posing a threat to opponents.
Their eventual departures will leave a significant void that Tottenham must find a way to fill. While Son still has a few years left in his career, it is crucial for Tottenham to plan for the future and ensure a smooth transition when the time comes to replace him.
Tottenham’s focus in the transfer market should currently be on strengthening other areas of the team, including goalkeeper, center-back, and attacking midfielder positions, in order to compete for a Champions League spot once again.
However, the club’s incoming managing director of football will need to consider a succession plan for Son due to his age.
Having made a significant impact since joining from Bayer Leverkusen, Son is expected to continue performing at a high level for the next few seasons.
Fans hope that his recent surgery for a sports hernia injury will help him regain his form and thrive under the guidance of manager Ange Postecoglou.
While there is still time for Son to contribute to Tottenham, it is inevitable that the club will need to prepare for his eventual departure.