Noel Whelan insists that Heung-min Son deserves a big-money contract more than Tottenham teammate Dele Alli.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the South Korea international for his “exceptional” levels of consistency in north London.
As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham have offered the 28-year-old a deal worth £200,000-a-week wage plus performance-related add-ons.
This site detailed earlier this week that talks between Son and the club are underway and that an agreement on a mega-money new deal is expected before the turn of the year.
Son is currently some way off the likes of top earners Harry Kane, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli at Spurs but his new deal will see him elevated into that bracket.
Whelan insists that the South Korea star has been an “unsung hero” for the Lilywhites and that he is more deserving of a big-money deal than Dele is.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s been one of their standout performers for the past three or four years. He deserves it, no doubt about that, he’s an exceptional talent.
“He’s one player that always brings that consistency to Tottenham with his level of performances, not only assists but goals as well – he’s one of their star players at the club.
“We talk about Dele Alli, he’s probably on more money than Son. Does he deserve it? Not really when you think about the consistency Son has put in wearing a Tottenham shirt and the level of performances.
“He’s got everything you would want from a wide man – energy, tricks, skill, vision, weight of pass, a threat in the box, he can do things by himself. He’s kind of a little bit unsung there, an unsung hero.
“He brings so much to Tottenham and to Harry Kane, he relieves the pressure, he’s a threat and everything seems to go through Son and Kane.”