Ange Postecoglou made up his mind on key Son Heung-min Tottenham decision eight years ago


Ange Postecoglou admits that his decision to play Son Heung-min through the centre of his Tottenham attack has been eight years in the making.

The Spurs head coach's choice to play the South Korean star through the middle has been rewarded with a flood of goals and Son is the joint second top scorer in the Premier League with eight goals from his 10 matches in the competition. The 31-year-old has only failed to score in two of his past seven matches.

Son will be looking to continue his glut of goals against his former boss Mauricio Pochettino when the Argentine brings his Chelsea side to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday evening.

Postecoglou was asked whether it was seeing Pochettino play Son through the middle when Harry Kane was out that convinced him that his own desire to play him there was justified.

"He scored against me in the Asian Cup in 2015, mate. That was enough!" he said. "I saw enough then to know he is a decent goalscorer, so I didn't need any more evidence.

"I have followed him for a very long time and what you are looking for in attacking players is are they a goal threat? And he's always been a goal threat and a good finisher."

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On when he decided after arriving that he would utilise Son in the role over some of his other options, he added: "Fairly early on in the piece. It was quite obvious with Harry leaving there was a couple of ways we could go about it. I have said before I don't think you can replace Harry like-for-like, another one of him doesn't exist so for me to think let's jump into the transfer market and bring in someone who can score 25 to 30 goals in the first year, I don't think was realistic.

"What I did know about Sonny having followed him for a long time is he is a great finisher, a smart footballer, he has great movement and a real capacity for working and pressing, the stuff I love my strikers to do.

"I just thought he would be a really good fit for us and it wasn't the only option I was looking at, but it was definitely the one I thought would be the best fit for where we are as a team and what we needed. Even with him, I think the more he plays in there, the better he will get in terms of really being a goal threat in every game. For us, it is a massive asset to have."

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