‘It can be a bit awkward’ – Son reveals how he is helping new Spurs signing settle in

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Carlos Vinicius
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Heung-min Son has admitted that Tottenham’s new signings have settled in well and that he and his teammates are trying to make Carlos Vinicius feel at home due to his language difficulties.

Tottenham were one of the busiest clubs in Europe during the transfer window, bringing in seven new players to reinforce the squad. In fact, some Spurs fans even rated the transfer window as one of the best in the club’s recent history.

From the evidence of what we have seen on the pitch so far, it looks as though many of the new arrivals already feel settled in their new surroundings.

When asked about the impact that the new arrivals have made, Son told Football.London: “Fantastic. They’re great guys and they all speak very good English, apart from Carlos, but everyone is trying to help Vinny, especially Lucas [Moura] and Gedson [Fernandes], who are in and around him.

“They want to work, they want to fight, they want to win, so it’s great to have them. They are good players and I’m enjoying working with them.

“We don’t even need to talk about their qualities because they have all played in the Premier League, La Liga, Champions League etc. They’ve all done fantastic jobs with their previous teams. Now I just want to help them bring their best to this club.”

Son is now one of the longest-serving first-team players at the club entering his sixth season at Spurs.

The South Korean is certainly no stranger to the challenges of coming into a new league, culture, and language and he admitted that he is using his experience to help Vinicius.

The 28-year-old added: “They have all made an impact on the dressing room already. Even though Vinny doesn’t speak any English, he’s still so funny.

“I try to speak to him and, you know, it can be a bit awkward when you don’t speak the language I know this feeling from when I joined and didn’t speak any English. So because of that, I want to help where I can.

“Matt, Pierre and I have a joke and a bit of fun. Pierre and Joe are very experienced players, Matt as well, so they know what the Premier League means and needs, and they want to win.

“We have a lot of conversations ahead of games about the opposition, our play and that. Everyone has an understanding and they’ve all adapted really quickly which is really good for the team.”

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We have seen in the past that signing a lot of players in one window can sometimes see the team struggle at the start of the season as the players can take a while to settle. However, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart coming in early, it does look like they have already developed a good understanding with their teammates. We have had one of the most settled squads in the league for the past five to six years and perhaps a bunch of new faces is exactly the breath of fresh air that the squad needed. It certainly looks like the spirit within the squad is very good at the moment.

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