Hamburg star Heung-Min Son could be staying at Hamburg for the immediate future.
One of those things seems to relate to the way that young, fringe players are used at the biggest clubs in the division, which he sees as damaging to the future development of the 20-year-old striker.
He’s well placed to talk to Son because he’s one of the more experienced and higher profile players at Hamburg, which means it may have just become a lot harder for any Premier League side to go after him.
The point van der Vaart makes is actually quite a reasonable one. He suggests that Son would not be a first choice player at either Liverpool or Manchester United, which means warming the bench. The same applies to Chelsea who have been strongly linked, and their is no guarantee that he would not be sitting on the sidelines at the club most actively said to be chasing him; VdV's former club - Tottenham Hotspur.
A great contemporary example is what’s happened with Scott Sinclair at Manchester City. He joined from Swansea with bags of potential and a good reputation but he can barely get a first team game at the moment, as he’s routinely placed on the bench which is counter productive for him and his future.
He’s certainly a talented player and that could be damaging for his immediate development because he’s currently at a side in the Bundesliga where he is valued, playing regularly and is popular with the fans.
Van der Vaart spent two seasons with Tottenham where he made over 60 appearances for the club, which gives him good grounds to warn Son against a potential move to the division.
He may have grown frustrated himself seeing some of the talent at the club, not getting a chance and still not getting a chance to play.
Therefore, he has realistic and solid ground to give Son advice over what to with regards to his future. He seems genuinely interested in how he develops as opposed to just making claims in the hope that Son stays at the club.
Son has started 26 games for the German side in the Bundesliga which does seem like a higher number of matches than he would feature in were he at Anfield or Manchester United.
He has time on his side which means he’ll more than likely listen to van der Vaart and take his advice because he has plenty of time to see if Hamburg can push on and if not, he can move on to a bigger side in a two or three years.
Van der Vaart’s comments about keeping the squad together will also carry extra weight because Hamburg are not the biggest side in Gerany. Therefore, it will be difficult for them to replace a player like Son, even if they sell him for a good fee.
Does he have a point?
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