Heung-Min Son did not exactly ace his audition as a left-wing back in April’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Chosen ahead of Ben Davies by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino in order to target the space vacated by Chelsea’s rampaging Victor Moses, the decision backfired big-time.
Son dived in to give away a needless penalty against Moses and set Chelsea on their way to a 4-2 victory.
And while the South Korean speed machine did not cost Spurs a place in any cup finals on Saturday, his performance in the goalless draw with Swansea City at Wembley left supporters wondering why Pochettino appears to believe Son can do a job at left-wing back.
Starting in place of the rested Davies and the injured Danny Rose, the former Bayer Leverkusen forward spent the majority of the first half out of position and vulnerable. The fact he immediately improved when shifted to a more central role speaks volumes.
However, the likelihood is that Son would not have been forced to start in such an ill-fitting role had Spurs managed to get one of their primary transfer objectives ticked off during the summer.
The Telegraph reported in mid-August that Tottenham had made a £25 million bid for Fulham’s teen sensation Ryan Sessegnon, who looks every inch the ideal left-wing back at the age of just 17.
The England Under-19 international is one of the hottest prospects around having exploded onto the scene last season with five goals and three assists in 17 Championship starts. And Sessegnon has been fielded in almost every position down the left this season, suggesting that he would have little trouble adapting to Pochettino’s wing-back system at Spurs.
Tottenham will likely return for Sessegnon in every transfer window until they get their man or he moves elsewhere. And Son’s performance against Swansea suggests that another move in January would not be the worst idea.