Heung-Min Son seemed to come perilously close to leaving Spurs in the last days of the summer transfer window, with Wolfsburg willing to take him back to the Bundesliga.
In the end, the departure of so many fringe players from Tottenham such as Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason meant that losing Son as well, would be a step too far. Having been given another chance to make his mark at Spurs, Son now looks ready to make the most of the opportunity.
The South Korean international has pulled out of his country’s World Cup qualifier against Syria on Tuesday, as he looks to establish himself at White Hart Lane.
Son will be back in training in London while his international teammates are in action.
“Tottenham are the team I wanted to join and I know that I have to work hard and play my best,” he said.
“I am in good condition and ready to go and play as well as I can.
“I am sorry to my national team-mates and coach but I will support them and hope they get a good result against Syria.”
Son missed the first two Premier League games of the season while on Olympic duty with South Korea, so the club are certainly owed this decision to make an early return to domestic duties.
That said, it shows a willingness on Son’s part to make a go of things at Spurs, having been faced with the knowledge that he could be next in line to leave should he fail to show his worth.
For Tottenham the position looks a positive one. Either Son overcomes his initial difficulties to become an important member of the squad, or he can return for big money to Germany, where he still has many admirers.