Tottenham Hotspur's newest signing has been shortlisted for a major international award. The Asian Football Confederation announced its finalists for the 2015 AFC Asian Footballer of the Year award, and Spurs' Son Heung-Min has made the cut.
The Asian International Player of the Year recognizes outstanding players from AFC countries that are playing their international football overseas. Joining Sonny on the three-man finalist list is a fellow South Korean, Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, and in a surprise inclusion, former Spurs player Massimo Luongo.
Sonny comes to Spurs as the most expensive Asian player in history after a few distinguished years at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and his hot start to life in the Premier League. Ki was a third-placed finisher in 2015; this is Son's and Luongo's first appearance on the finalist list.
Luongo's inclusion is noteworthy; he's now a full Australian international who brought home Most Valuable Player honors in this summer's Asia Cup and also made the long list for this year's Ballon d'Or. Luongo was an Spurs academy graduate whom Tottenham inexplicably sold to Swindon Town in 2013; he now plays for QPR and continues to make Spurs regret ever selling him in the first place.
Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak won the award last year. The winner is set to be announced in a ceremony in New Delhi, India this Sunday.