Tottenham are doing the right thing with Son Heung-min

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images) /

Son Heung-min is keeping Tottenham afloat without Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Spurs are set to make sure he spends the prime of his career in North London.

Tottenham signed Son Heung-min to a new contract as recently as July, but that doesn’t mean Spurs are going to sit back and wait for big clubs to turn his head. Instead, Daniel Levy and company intend to hand the South Korean star a bumper new contract in the coming months.

Reports from England claim Son’s compensation will jump from £110,000 to somewhere around £150,000 per week when all is said and done. That will still leave Son’s wages behind Harry Kane’s earnings, but it will put him on par with Dele Alli. That’s quite appropriate given all Son has helped the club accomplish without their two highest earners on the pitch alongside him.

It’s more than Son’s gregarious personality and smile that have caused Tottenham fans to swoon over him. He also happens to be one of the hottest attacking talents in Europe. He’s scored 16 goals in his last 23 matches for the club.

He’s not just finding the back of the net against minnows either. Son is saving his best football for the toughest opponents. His crucial goal to open Tottenham’s scoring against Dortmund this week was a prime example. Son has a real knack for popping up and scoring massive goals when his club really need him the most.

Frankly, he’s going to be a massive bargain at £150,000 per week. If Son really wanted to leave Tottenham he could double his wages with relative ease. Mauricio Pochettino and company are certainly aware of that financial reality. That’s why they’re pushing to offer him a new deal before any other clubs come knocking. The best way to keep a player of Son’s caliber happy is to stop him from ever looking at another opportunity.

Don’t underestimate the impact Son signing a new deal might have on his peers. Christian Eriksen, in particular, may feel a lot of pressure to sign a similar contract. After all, he hasn’t been playing nearly as well as Son has in the absence of Kane and Dele.

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Tottenham’s higher-ups may have sat the last two transfer windows out, but they have worked hard to keep hold of current players by providing them new contracts. It looks like they’ll strike again with Son before the summer window opens.