An Arsenal scout has revealed he was sent to watch Tottenham forward Son Heung-min 30 times last season while he was still with Bayer Leverkusen.
The South Korean international has impressed since moving to Spurs this summer, and the Gunners employee told The Secret Footballer about his frustration surrounding the deal.
Asked why the move never came to anything, the scout said: ‘It’s Arsene Wenger. He’s so indecisive it’s frightening.’
Arsenal had a quiet summer in the transfer market, only bringing in goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea
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Below are the best bits from the Secret Footballer’s latest blog:
I met up with my friend, an Arsenal scout, last week.
We talked through players and clubs and he noted that Chelsea’s problems are all being caused by in-house feuding among the players, who are all pointing fingers at one another.
The worst, he told me, is Cesc Fabregas.
I pointed out that Tottenham Hotspur’s summer recruit, Son Heung-min, is one of the most impressive players I’ve seen at White Hart Lane since Gareth Bale.
Immediately, the scout took his phone out of his pocket and showed me a scouting report from last season. This is how it read …
* Scares the life out of defences. Feet are scarily quick, can turn in any direction.
* Keeps his shape, good discipline, counters quickly, carries the ball a long way up the pitch, aware of team-mates in better positions.
* Scores goals from great positions in the box that others don’t take up (Ljungberg). Hard to pick up and track.
* Fit, doesn’t stop working.
* Different to anything that we have in the building.
* CAN PLAY FOR US ALL DAY LONG!!
That was one of several reports he showed me that got better and better.
Arsenal watched Son almost 30 times last season, with all the scouts in agreement that the player would be a fantastic addition.
So what happened?
“It’s Arsene [Wenger],” the scout said. “He’s so indecisive it’s frightening. We had [Morgan] Schneiderlin done and dusted last January and, by the summer, the gaffer had changed his mind. Son was 100 per cent perfect for us.”
Sanchez is one of the very best players in world football, Son is not nearly on that level (albeit a good player).Sanchez is much much sharper than Son in terms of agility and quickness of feet. It's unreal. Hopefully once he gets up to pace with the game we'll see similar from him.
Awesome news regarding Heung Min Son
Tottenham's Son Heung-min back on national team for Nov. World Cup qualifiers
Head coach Uli Stielike announced his 23-man roster on Monday for a pair of World Cup qualifying matches scheduled later this month. Son, who suffered a foot injury and missed South Korea's two matches last month, is back in the fold when the country will host Myanmar on Nov. 12 and travel to Laos on Nov. 17.
Stielike said "We heard Son Heung-min is back to full strength with his club, and we expect him to get some action during the week at Europa League."