Tottenham Hotspur’s players are getting a well-deserved break from football and training after their emphatic 3-0 win over Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday. With no matches for the next ten days and no international break either, something practically unheard of for Spurs this season, the news cycle has turned towards speculation on the future.
The latest rumor is about Spurs’ South Korean forward Son Heung-Min, who has been on scintillating form since returning from the Asian Cup tournament to replace the injured Harry Kane. After scoring 11 goals in his last 12 matches, the Daily Mail is suggesting that Sonny is about to sign another new contract that would earn him up to £150k/week in wages.
We don’t usually write stories with the Daily Mail as a primary source for good reason, and your skepticism is both warranted and understood. However, this is the kind of Daily Mail rumor that I think we can all get behind. If true, this would be Sonny’s second new contract this season after signing a new deal through 2023 after the World Cup this past summer and before heading off to the Asian Games.
Here’s the weird thing, though: the Mail suggests Sonny’s currently on a £110k/week contract, but there are other reports online that suggest he’s already making £140k/wk. It would be weird to sign a new contract with only a £10k bump in wages, so either he’s making less than we previously thought or his new contract includes a lot more favorable escalators and performance bumps than his old one. Could be both.
I don’t know if the Mail is right on this one, but I certainly hope it is. And if it’s accurate I’d expect that we’ll get corroborating reports from more reputable sources in due course. But nobody deserves it more than Sonny. He’s has been a revelation this season and has been critical to Spurs’ form during a period in which they have been without two of the best players at the club, Harry Kane and Dele Alli. There’s no doubt in my mind that Sonny is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s key players, and anything the club can do to reward him for his form and to keep him around as long as possible is fine by me.