Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on Heung-Min Son, suggesting the attacker struggled in his first season at the club because he was signed late in the transfer window.
Son has been in terrific form this season, but Pochettino was keen to point out it wasn’t always plain sailing for the Korean at Tottenham.
“He arrived again in the last days [of the summer transfer window in 2015], you remember?” the Spurs boss asked reporters. “He started playing at Leverkusen, he had a problem with his manager, then there was the opportunity to sign him and he arrived without any pre-season with us.
“Always it’s tough for players who arrive at the last moment. It’s a very tough period to adapt and build confidence, and for the team it’s difficult too because you don’t know [them].
“After two months of training and all the pre-season, you start the Premier League and one new player arrives who needs to do everything with you, and the team is in a different dynamic.
“That’s why I said to you a few weeks ago that we need to try to sign before, to be clever, because if not we’re going to miss some period of adaptation – and then if the team is doing well, how do you put a player in if another is doing well? It’s not the same possibility to fight for the same place with another team-mate.
“It’s like [Moussa] Sissoko, who this summer was available from day one and had the possibility to show and fight for his place and then to be important in the team. That’s the reality and why Sonny is now much better.” (Quotes via Yahoo!.)