“My idol” – Son reveals the player he models his game on

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham attacker Son Heung-Min has arguably had his best campaign in a Spurs shirt since signing for the club back in the summer of 2015. While the South Korean is yet to overtake his goal tally from the last two seasons, he has come up with many crucial goals in the last two months.

The 26-year-old stepped up to the plate and carried the team in the absence of Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Apart from his goals, Son’s work rate and attitude have also stood out in a season where he has played a lot of football inducing participating in the Asian Games and the Asia Cup with South Korea.

The forward doesn’t seem to have any obvious weaknesses to his game at the moment, as he can shoot with both feet, play on the defenders’ shoulders, beat people and set up chances for others.

Son has revealed that the secret to his improvement is simply that he works hard on his weaknesses. Speaking to the Guardian, Son spoke about how hard work trumps talent, and how he models his game around his “idol” Cristiano Ronaldo.

Son said, “I know that being a professional is about more than talent. It’s like my idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, who actually works more than the talent he has.

“I see many players who don’t have the mentality, who think that talent is enough. But it’s not. It’s the things you are doing extra.”

Son also credited Pochettino’s management of him, as the reason why he has been able to up his game since November. He added, “Mid-November was 100% a big period for me.

“I’d been travelling a lot. I didn’t feel great. I had so many things in my head. It was just a bit rough. The gaffer made the choice and it was perfect for me – some hard training at Spurs and a bit of rest.

“As I said before, you have to have the luck to meet a great manager. I’ve improved an amazing amount under him.”

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