Chris Waddle has claimed that Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is worth £125m based on Manchester City paying £100m to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer.
Son has started the season in fine form, scoring two goals in the first three Premier League games of the new campaign.
While the summer from a Spurs point of view was dominated by the speculation surrounding Harry Kane’s future, Son’s future, in contrast, was settled after the South Korean committed his future to the club by penning a four-year contract earlier this summer.
Waddle believes that the goals and assists that the 29-year-old contributes in addition to the marketing benefits due to his profile back in South Korea, makes Son more valuable than Grealish.
The forme Spurs winger told Goal.com: “It’s the catchment he gets as well with the South Korean public. Tottenham get a lot coming to the games every week. He’s a hero in that country.
“You look at players – I like Jack Grealish, he’s a talented footballer, but for £100m, what is Son worth? He scores more, more assists. You would have the same predicament with Daniel Levy saying ‘I want £125m for Son’, and why not?
“Jack Grealish has set the bar now for a lot of clubs to think ‘my player is as good as Jack Grealish, so if you want to come knocking on my door then I want this for them’. It will go over £100m again.
“If Grealish had a clause written into his contract that he can leave for £60-70m, that happens and Kane would probably have gone for £100m. Because Jack Grealish was £100m, Son is worth £125m and Kane is £150m. Man City have shot themselves in the foot really by paying £100m for Jack Grealish.”
Waddle admitted that he is at a complete loss as to why Son is never linked with moves to the biggest clubs in the continent given how much of an all-round package the forward is.
He added: “He’s an unselfish player, works hard, great attitude, always smiling, enjoys the game, and he scores goals and creates goals.
“He must be a nightmare to play against. He comes at you again and again, he’s always looking forward and looking positive. He has always got good energy. He is a top-class player.
“When I read about all these clubs trying to sign certain players, he never gets mentioned. It’s like ‘he’s a Tottenham player’.
“I’m surprised that your Real Madrid, Man City, Man United over the last 18 months to two years haven’t knocked on the door and said ‘we’re going to make an offer for Son’.
“He is proven in the Premier League – he scores, he assists, works hard, fits into the shape of a team, can play in the middle and the wing, can play as a 10. He’s a top-class striker.”
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Clubs will obviously do their background research by talking to players’ representatives about a potential transfer before pushing ahead with offers for their targets.
So, the reason that the likes of City, Man Utd and Real Madrid have not come calling for Son is likely because they have been given little to no encouragement by either the player’s entourage or Spurs.
It is evident that Son cares as much about his Spurs legacy as he does about winning silverware, which is why he committed his peak years to the Lilywhites.
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