Many transfer targets are lucky escapes, but others prove to be sombre regrets. In the case of Heung Min Son, it appears to be very much a case of the latter.
Last summer, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were among the clubs linked with the forward.
At the time, the South Korean was making waves at German club Hamburg after a season in which he scored 12 goals in 31 Bundesliga starts.
But in the end the 21-year-old opted to continue his footballing education in Germany, swapping Hamburg for Bayer Leverkusen for a reported €10million.
Up until today, Son had been uncharacteristically shy in front of goal. But that all changed as he scored a hat-trick to inspire Sami Hyypia’s men to a 5-3 home win against none other than Son’s former side.
After his three goals, Son threw in an assist for good measure, setting up Stefan Kießling for his side’s fourth. And Gonzalo Castro finished off the scoring to ensure Leverkusen kept in touch with Borussia Dortmund and league leaders Bayern Munich.
With reports continuing to link both Arsenal and Spurs with a new striker come January, fans can only wonder what might have been had Son opted to move to London.
Then again, perhaps he still will in the future.
You can see Son’s hat-trick below:
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