Why Tottenham should be cautious in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heung-Min

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Son Heung-Min is set for a Tottenham medical, according to reports.

According to the MirrorTottenham Hotspur are hoping to replace Erik Lamela with £22 millon Bayer Leverkusen star Son Heung-Min.

The 23-year-old South Korea international, who fits the profile of the kind of player Mauricio Pochettino is targeting before the conclusion of the summer window, can play as a winger and a forward.

He was set to take part in Leverkusen's Champions League play-off second leg with Lazio on Wednesday, but missed Bayer's final training session ahead of the match at the Bay-Arena.

Amid speculation, HITC SPORT have compared Son's statistics with that of his potential predecessor Lamela, who has been in advanced talks with Inter Milan - according to Sky Sports.

Stats per Apps  TeamGoalsTotal ShotsAssistsKey PassesPass Accuracy (%)DribblesFouls WonSuccessful TacklesAppsMins Played
Erik Lamela Tottenham 0.06 1.15 0.21 1.61 83 1.67 1.45 1.97 33 2,299
Heung-Min Son Bayer Leverkusen 0.37 2.10 0.07 1.23 76 1.63 1.10 1 30 2,281

The duo played a comparable number of minutes last term, and in truth there is little to split between them.

As the statistics show, Son was the more prolific in front of goal while Lamela proved significantly more in a creative sense.

The Tottenham midfielder also boasts the superior pass completion rate percentage as well as a narrow advantage when it comes to his ability to out-dribble an opponent.

Defensively, Lamela is also a more useful asset, having averaged twice as many tackles per appearance.

In truth, Son is unlikely to offer much more than what Tottenham already have at their disposal, which raises question marks over his impending arrival - especially for such a significant fee.

The South Korea international has earned himself a fantastic reputation in Germany and, at just 23 years of age, he appears to have an impressive career ahead of him.

However, Tottenham supporters will be fully aware that a player who possesses huge potential may struggle to live up to the hype following his arrival. 

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