Rafael Van Der Vaart recently expressed his utter remorse about leaving Spurs in the summer of 2012 but he isn't done with the flatteries just yet. In an interview with Standard Sport, VDV had more things to say regarding Tottenham, this time about their newest signing.
"Spurs is not a bad move for Son. He was a great talent when I was playing with him at Hamburg and I think he has everything to be a success at Tottenham."
When Rafa left Spurs for former club Hamburg, he formed a fine partnership with an up and coming starlet by the name of Heung-Min Son. As Spurs fans can appreciate, the union was well suited. Rafa excelled with the ball at his feet and often failed to disappoint when in the final third of the field. His exquisite and creative touches fortified our attack and sprung Bale and Lennon in towards goal often. Nicknamed "Van der Vater (father) and Son", it seems that he supplemented Son's game as well.
There is more news though concerning Son's arrival at White Hart Lane. Strong rumors told Spurs supporters that a move for the South Korean was imminent in 2013 but apparently these whispers were even stronger in Son's ears. He is reported to have told friends that he would be moving to North London before joining Bayer Leverkusen that summer. The flirtations between the two sides has been ripe for two years now.
Further, Pochettino seems to be a major factor in Son's decision to join Spurs. A spokesman for the South Korean's camp, Thies Bleimeister, had this to say about Pochettino:
"The coach was really important for our decision. For me he is a fantastic coach and it is not always easy to find a coach with a good character.
We think Tottenham have a great coach and a good young team, and we believe they will play in the Champions League while Son is there. With Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen there, it should be a good combination with Son."
The allure of Tottenham is that it can be an incredible breeding ground for young and talented players who haven't quite reached their prime. Tottenham is a big club with a storied past, but a side who can also guarantee ample playing time for a developing phenom if they perform. It is the reason why Spurs were a legitimate contender to land current PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard in 2012 and why Son was eager to leave Leverkusen for North London.
Pochettino can be maligned for his stubbornness in selection but the one thing that is crystal clear is that he gives chances to young players. The core of Eriksen, Kane, and now Son (if he meets expectations) is an exciting triumvirate to build around. If players like Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Eric Dier, Delle Alli, and Alex Pritchard progress under Pochettino like Danny Rose did last year; Spurs are have the potential to be high flying side in the near future.