Danny Mills believes that Nuno Espirito Santo should look to build his team around Son Heung-min if Harry Kane leaves this summer.
It remains to be seen whether Kane will still be at Tottenham next season, with the likes of Manchester City being heavily linked with a move for the talismanic striker.
In contrast to Kane’s situation, there have not been any concrete reports linking Son with a move away from Spurs, despite the fact that he only has two years left to run on his contract.
Some sources have indicated that the South Korean is close to agreeing on a new five-year deal with the club and it has also been alleged that the 28-year-old has already told Nuno that he is looking forward to working with him next season.
Mills believes that this comes as a big boost to the Portuguese coach, given that Kane looks like he could be on his way out of the club.
When asked whether Nuno should build his team around Son, the former Leeds defender told Football Insider: “Definitely. That’s like a [Diogo] Jota signing, keeping that type of player.
“He’s a good player with a great work ethic and real quality. He leads by example and improves the team across the board.
“It’s really important that he wants to stay. You can build the time around him.
“Now that you can say ‘Ok, Kane’s going, we know that, it’s not an issue.’ But they can rebuild around Son and have a real chance of pushing for the top-six or Champions League places next year.”
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Despite the reservations some have expressed about Nuno’s pragmatic approach at Wolves, the likes of Pedro Neto and Diego Jota did thrive in his system. So one would expect the 47-year-old to make good use of Son’s ability to make runs in behind.
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