Why Manchester United signing Tottenham star Son Heung-Min would be a top move
If Manchester Evening News are to be believed, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has a new dream signing, Heung-Min Son. The club were at the receiving end of his attacking nous when Spurs tore apart United at Old Trafford this season.
The 28-year-old South Korean started his youth career at FC Seoul before moving to Hamburger SV’s youth setup in 2008. When he was playing for the U-19’s, he was sent back on loan to FC Seoul in 2009 for that season.
In 2010, he was finally promoted to the first-team and went on to make 78 appearances for them. After 3 seasons, Bayer Leverkusen signed him. He impressed during his spell at the club with 29 goals and 11 assists in just two seasons.
Tottenham took note of his talents and brought him to England. Since then, he has gone on to establish himself as one of the best forwards in the league as well as Europe. In 235 games for Spurs, he has scored 92 goals and assisted 50 more (source – Transfermarkt).
Son is a veteran of the South Korean team with close to 90 games and 26 goals. He has also completed military training for the country.
Why Son to United would be a top move
Perhaps the signing of Son could be seen as a two-fold move. The winger, as mentioned earlier, is a deadly threat in front of goal and is also one of the most in-form players in the world right now. He is Spurs’ chief threat along with Harry Kane and has wreaked havoc on Premier League defences.
There will, however, be an underlying commercial motive for Woodward for signing Son. The Spurs man is one of the most famous Asian players plying his trade in top-level European football. That means he has a massive fan following in the continent.
For all his shortcomings in understanding footballing aspects, Woodward remains one of the best commercial minds. He has taken the club to new heights in terms of global exposure and revenue. However, there still remains the gigantic untapped Asian market.
Signing a player of Son’s stature would expand their reach in Asia and especially South Korea. They can earn a lot from that market with just the influence of one player and that says a lot about Son.
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Therefore, not only would United be getting an established superstar at his prime but also a gateway to commercial success. No doubt it would be a hard deal to pull off but in the remote possibility that a chance arises, Woodward shouldn’t have second thoughts.