‘Big player aura’ – Maddison says Spurs youngsters hang on every word one player says

James Maddison has revealed that the young players at Tottenham Hotspur are hanging on every word Son Heung-min says when the South Korean addresses the squad.

Following the departure of Harry Kane and with Hugo Lloris now becoming a peripheral figure at the club, Son is now very much the face of Tottenham and was the obvious choice for the captaincy.

The forward, who is into his ninth season at the North London club, has taken more responsibility on board since Kane’s move to Bayern Munich, having found the back of the net nine times so far this season.

It was reported by Football. London’s Alasdair Gold a little while ago that many at Spurs did not really see Son as leadership material but have been pleasantly surprised by how he has stepped up to the plate since being handed the captain’s armband.

Tottenham Hotspurs’ Son Heung-Min (R) and manager Ange Postecoglou attend a press conference in Perth on July 17, 2023 ahead of the pre-season friendly football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. (Photo by TREVOR COLLENS / AFP) / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —

When Heung-min Son talks, Tottenham squad listens

Maddison has already forged a great relationship with the 31-year-old and the England international admitted that the forward has the respect of all his teammates, given the way he leads from the front.

The attacking midfielder said on Amazon Prime Video: “People listen to him because he’s such a great player…the young lads are training with us and involved in match day squads, if Sonny is talking, they’re listening. 

“He’s just got a nice aura and a big personality, big player aura, that comes alive in big moments and has clutch moments for the club…”

Spurs Web Opinion

The stereotypical unforgiving, alpha-male kind of captain (such as Roy Keane), which was commonplace in football until a few years ago, now feels a little out of date. The current generation of players are more likely to respond to an empathetic leader like Son. 

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