Why Tottenham's Heung-Min Son could be about to prove his doubters wrong this season

Tottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez

The Spurs attacker is facing a make-or-break campaign.

Tottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul NiguezTottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez

Heung-Min Son failed to have the kind of impact he would have hoped for in his debut season at White Hart Lane, but Spurs fans shouldn’t be so quick to write him off.

The 24-year old arrived from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, a big fee and a big reputation in tow, and delivered a distinctly mediocre return.

Son managed eight goals and five assists in 40 appearances last term after failing to build on a promising start.

Son Heung Min celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham HotspurSon Heung Min celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur

An injury sustained in the 4-1 win over Manchester City in September sidelined the South Korean and he was unable to replicate his early form or break into the first-team upon his return.

Despite that, Spurs fans need look no further than Erik Lamela for evidence of what good a little patience can do.

The Argentine had a far worse start to his Tottenham career than Son but after three seasons he is now showing why the Lilywhites broke their transfer fee record to sign him.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela scores their second goalTottenham's Erik Lamela scores

Son should be afforded the same patience and when considering it was an injury-hit first campaign in a new league; the numbers he managed last season are not a disaster by any stretch.

A disappointing showing in pre-season against Atletico Madrid and Juventus, coupled with his trip to the Olympics and consequent unavailability for last Friday’s encounter with Inter and Saturday’s Premier League opener against Everton, hasn’t done his prospects the world of good however.

Tottenham's Son Heung Min in action with Leicester City's Gokhan Inler and Ben ChilwellTottenham's Son Heung Min in action with Leicester City's Gokhan Inler and Ben Chilwell

Yet he has shown his quality in Rio, with two goals in two games, and will return to London match sharp and raring to go after a rewarding international experience.

Son showed flashes of his ability last season and with a year in the Premier League under his belt he will be better placed to up his consistency this time around.

With reports, by the likes of Sky Sports, linking Nacer Chadli with an exit, Son is currently Mauricio Pochettino's main back up to the likes of Lamela, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and he will need to contribute well if Spurs are to compete on all fronts this season.

Vincent Janssen’s arrival has added further competition in attack but Son remains a quality option and could well surprise a few people in the coming months.

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