By Harvey Byrne

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender has said that his side know the strengths of Tottenham attacker and former team-mate Son Heung-min.

The 24-year-old South Korea international spent two years at Leverkusen before completing an £18million switch to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2015.

He struggled to make an impact during his first season in Mauricio Pochettino’s side and almost departed the club in the summer with a return to the Bundesliga and Wolfsburg said to be interested.

However, he has been in scintillating form in front of goal in the new campaign and has bagged an impressive five goals in seven appearances for Spurs.

The north London club are now preparing for a Champions League group stage clash against Son’s former club, but Bender has stated his side know what to expect from the forward ace.

“We know what an outstanding player he is and all about his technical qualities,” said Bender to BT Sport. “The move has done him good and he’s obviously matured.

“We know all about his strengths. He’s quick, quick off the mark and can shoot with either his left or right foot.

“We knew that when he played for us. In the box or around the box he’s always dangerous. Sonny is a real threat.”

Tottenham will be hoping that Son can continue his impressive run in front of goal as they reach the halfway stage of their group stage campaign.

Spurs are currently sat in second in Group E and a point above the German side.

The north London side will also be aware of Leverkusen’s in form forward Javier Hernandez, with the former Manchester United striker bagging seven goals in nine fixtures.

In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino gives his two-word verdict on the crucial clash against Bayer Leverkusen.