Former Spurs recruitment expert on why he always had faith in £22m signing

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Dom Le Roy

Heung-min Son has become one of the first names on the Tottenham Hotspur team sheet in recent seasons.

The South Korean made the switch to North London from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £22million (Guardian).

Son, who was 23 when he joined Tottenham had scored 29 goals in 87 appearances for the Bundesliga side.

He found life in the Premier League difficult initially after only finding the back of the net four times in 28 top flight matches and admitted that he wanted to return to Germany but stayed put after a conversation with manager Mauricio Pochettino (Evening Standard).

The striker has since turned around his fortunes becoming a key player in the final third of the pitch, scoring crucial goals especally when Harry Kane has been sidelined through injury.

One man who always believed that Son would come good was David Webb, the club’s former head of elite identification and worked alongside head of recruitment, Paul Michell.

Webb told The Guardian: “Some players hit the ground running, some take time to adapt but we were never in any doubt that he would flourish,”

“He was a fantastic player. He was different to anything we had and we did our homework on profiling him. He was a very family-orientated person, a very confident character and a really nice lad.

 “He was multi-functional,” Webb added “That was important. If we needed to play him as a false nine, to play him wide, in the half spaces, one of his main attributes was that he could run beyond. We had some good ball players and we had never really had those players who could stretch.”

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