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19th Dec, 2016 | 5:45pm

From the brink of exit to goal machine: This Tottenham ace is 2016 most improved player of the year

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider picks Tottenham’s most improved player of 2016.

Son Heung-min has been Spurs’ most improved player of the calendar year after he almost left the club in the summer.

The 24-year-old attacker was close to the White Hart Lane exit doors in the previous window with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg reportedly interested.

However, he was handed a rare first team opportunity earlier in the campaign against Stoke and finished the game with two goals in the 4-0 victory.

He then went on to score another three goals in his next four appearances for Tottenham, helping the club out of it’s over-reliance on star forward Harry Kane.

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His form has since tailed off with just one goal in his previous 15 fixtures, but it is no surprise that the sudden loss of form came after travelling with the South Korea side on international duty.

The lengthy travel time would have caused Son much fatigue, while the matches themselves also ceased to give the fleet-footed attacker a break.

This has seen him dropped from recent fixtures, but he has shown that he does have the ability to become a regular in the Tottenham starting eleven.

The beginning of 2016 wasn’t too memorable for Son and neither has the end, but he has shown enough in the middle to prove that he can be a real asset to Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

With four years left on his contract he will be keen to show his skills once again and 2017 could become a more memorable year for Spurs’ most improved player.

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