Player Watch Player Watch: Heung-min Son

jurgen

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Certainly given 'world class' is bandied around when talking about Mane.

Not sure what the Alli comparison is saying, very glad to have both in our team. Alli's movement is as good for the team as his goals and is why someone like Son can shine now - and vice versa.
 

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He's clearly gifted.. Lethal on either foot, clever in his run.. We clearly know he doesn't perform well constantly in every match, yet he is on 21 goals this season, scoring couples of worldies with it.. Given Poch coaching abilities, it can be a very scary thought just how much more improvement he can be in what is already a great season..

He's just amazing... Love him all the more when off he field he's such a cheery lad.
 

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In Korea he's as big as Messi/Ronaldo and our fanbase has grown massively in that region because of him and the great football we play.

People have some fantasy that Lamela would walk back in the team and Son would be left out. I'm a big fan of Erik but Son has been one of our best players and should always be starting in my opinion.
 
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I think he's the most underrated player in the league.
OK. What's the point in comparing two players that regularly start for us?
I posted it for two reasons really, one because I was genuinely surprised to see that Son is actually more productive in all areas, and I'm sure many would be, and two, merely as an example of perception. The media are absolutely mental for Alli at the moment, claiming he's the next coming, and to some extent justifiably, he kind of is, he's had an outstanding season, particularly for his age, but Son barely gets a byline in the national media, at best he's an afterthought, yet here is out producing Alli (and Mane - another who's got plenty of accolades in the local media).

For balance I would point out that despite being younger, as well as having a similar creative output, Alli also sees more ball than Son in games by about 40%, which to me is important.
 
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In Korea he's as big as Messi/Ronaldo and our fanbase has grown massively in that region because of him and the great football we play.

People have some fantasy that Lamela would walk back in the team and Son would be left out. I'm a big fan of Erik but Son has been one of our best players and should always be starting in my opinion.
I don't necessarily agree he should always be starting, especially in the 3421, but I don't think he should be the one that is automatically benched either.
 

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I have liked Son from the beginning and said as much on another message board. Yes, his control can sometimes be lacking and he misses some chances (all goal scores do), but his movement off the ball is absolutely world class. I think this is a part of the game that is completely overlooked by many. Dele has the same thing. Son's first season was hit and miss but mainly from struggles with a foot injury, IMO.

Regarding him as a sure starter, not necessarily if we play the 3-4-2-1 that seems to be our preferred formation; however, he is now providing real competition for Dele and Eriksen as well as being a cover option for Harry. What a great attacking quartet to have on one side.
 

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Bearing in mind that:
1) He's essentially an AM and has largely played there; and
2) He's supposedly a back up

...the fact that he's scored a goal every 141 minutes is sensational. Nothing short of. That's better than strikers of the class of:

Ibrahomivic
Costa
Benteke
Defoe

...and other AMs like:

Mane
Coutinho
Alli
Hazard

....the list goes on, but seriously, to think we were unsure if he'd actually be here this season? That he's outscored Costa and Zlatan (who was on the Player of the Year list FFS!) in particular I think is extraordinary.
He is not an AM. He may roam/run around a lot and drop deep but he is essentially a forward.
 

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I have always been a Son fan and didn't want him sold but there was plenty of merit in the criticism directed at him last season. I never understand why people use examples and ingnore the ones that didn't work out.
Because people prefer to look at the glass half full rather than half empty??
 

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if he improves his first touch and his shuffle before he strikes a ball, he would be absolutely fucking deadly.

probably would have 5 to 7 more goals in his reocrd. so many times he fucked himself out of a chance due to his first touch or footwork. fucking love him and his handshakes lol
 

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In Korea he's as big as Messi/Ronaldo and our fanbase has grown massively in that region because of him and the great football we play.

People have some fantasy that Lamela would walk back in the team and Son would be left out. I'm a big fan of Erik but Son has been one of our best players and should always be starting in my opinion.
Just need to see WHL on a match day to see how many Son fans have come to see him. Think it's great that he is a quality player above all else but then also adding some clear commercial value in terms of growing the clubs profile

Those stats put him in the top bracket of players in the league. Those who watch him week in week out know his game can be a bit hot and cold but this is the exact sort of signing we should be making

A much surer bet than the raw potential bargain GKN and N Jie punt type of signings but not insane fees or wages and with a higher potential ceiling but still a v good player for the here and now regardless
 

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Just need to see WHL on a match day to see how many Son fans have come to see him. Think it's great that he is a quality player above all else but then also adding some clear commercial value in terms of growing the clubs profile
I think people understimate how popular he is, this video of his touches against Leicester already has 500,000 (!) views after 1 day, and it's pretty clear from the comments that almost all of these are from Koreans.

 

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I think people understimate how popular he is, this video of his touches against Leicester already has 500,000 (!) views after 1 day, and it's pretty clear from the comments that almost all of these are from Koreans.


From that clip alone, Dele has made 3 of his now trademark toe-flick or scoop passes to Son. Shades of Hoddle, I must say.
 
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