Speaking to Naver Sports, Heung-Min Son’s agent has admitted that the attacker is actually a natural striker, although Mauricio Pochettino is intending to utilise him in various roles for Spurs.
The agent, Thies Bliemeister, said: “Pochettino is utilising various roles for Son; as seen in the match against Qarabaq, Son scored 2 goals as the role of no. 9. People think he’s a winger, especially a left winger; it’s wrong. He used to play as no. 9 in Hamburg. I regret that he didn’t have a chance to play as no. 9 in Leverkusen.”
These comments go against much of what was said of Son before he moved to Spurs, with his time at Leverkusen generally spent on the left wing.
However, he played as an out-and-out forward for his first club Hamburg, and has been utilised in that role - as well as others - since moving to White Hart Lane.
On his debut against Sunderland he was used as a rotating option in the three behind the striker, and then he followed that up against Qarabag in the Europa League playing in his natural number nine role.
He scored twice in that position, before moving to the left-wing for last weekend’s game against Crystal Palace, netting another goal with a classy dribble from deep.
Bliemeister has admitted that Pochettino has various plans for the attacker, choosing to utilise him as both a winger and striker, to good effect in both roles.
This versatility has already been used to great effect at Spurs, and although his agent believes Son is naturally an out-and-out striker, it would come as no surprise to see Pochettino continue to rotate him around the four main attacking positions.