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‘That’s how I feel’ – Son makes admission about playing as a number nine for Spurs

Son Heung-min does not have one preferred position and would even be willing to play as a full-back if Ange Postecoglou wants him to do so.


Son has started as a center-forward in Tottenham’s previous three Premier League games, and the switch has been successful, as seen by the South Korean’s five goals.

The 31-year-old has excelled in this role in the past when Harry Kane was sidelined by an injury, most notably during Spurs’ march to the Champions League final in 2019.

In the match against Sheffield United two weeks ago, Richarlison came off the bench to great effect, scoring a goal and assisting Dejan Kulusevski’s late winner as the Lilywhites staged a spectacular comeback.

Should Son stay as Tottenham’s number nine?

The Tottenham captain has claimed that he would have no problems playing anywhere that he is asked to, but it is unclear if Postecoglou would move Son back to the left over the coming weeks.

After the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, he responded to NBC Sports’ question on his preferred position by saying, “The gaffer has a strategy. I will play the fullback position for him if he chooses to do so. You know how I feel, right?

“If the boss makes a different decision, I will comply with his request. I will alternate between playing as a striker and a winger.

“Every role is beneficial to me. Being on the field and a member of this team makes me very happy. I’m just trying to follow the best plan that the gaffer has come up with.

Son and other elite athletes typically demand that they play closer to goal and have a tendency to be somewhat egotistical (which may be what allowed them to reach that level in the first place).

We are fortunate to have the South Korean since he is a true team player who puts the needs of the team first.

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