Heung-Min Son has admitted to the Hampstead and Highgate Newspaper that his first season at Tottenham Hotspur has been harder than he expected.
Son was Spurs’ most expensive addition last summer, but the South Korean international has not quite made the impact that he was expected to at White Hart Lane.
Son has suffered with injury, and he has not managed to nail down a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team.
The 23-year-old has generally been used a substitute during his time at the North London club so far, but he has been handed an opportunity more recently.
With Dele Alli injured, Son has started in Tottenham’s last two matches and he has found the back of the net in both outings.
Son claims that he is still not 100 per cent fit, but he insists that he is enjoying playing for Spurs.
“I think it’s harder than what I thought,” Son said. “Everyone in the world talks about the English Premier League. It’s not easy but I play with my body and I can feel how important it is to get 100 per cent fit to play. This is an important thing to play in the Premier League.
“This season I think [I’ve been] a little bit unlucky. I started well, got injured and then getting fit took a long time. I’m still getting [back to] 100 per cent. But I’m very happy because I enjoyed this year in Tottenham.”
In total, Son has made 29 Premier League appearances this season - but he has only started in 12 occasions.
During that time the attacker has scored on four occasions, and he will be hoping to play a more prominent role next term.