By Harvey Byrne
Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville has revealed he recommended Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min to Valencia after becoming a coach at the Spanish club.
The now 40-year-old held the assistant position at Valencia between July 2015 and March 2016 and during that time Son made his switch to England in a £22million deal to Spurs from German club Bayer Leverkusen.
Son has since became a regular in the north London club’s first team, returning 30 goals in 93 appearances for the club.
However, it could have been a different story for the South Korea international with Neville telling he was also a big fan of Son and wanted Valencia to bring him in.
“I first saw Son Heung-min when I was a coach at Man United and he was playing for Leverkusen. He was very impressive,” told Neville, as quoted by Goal.
“And when I became a coach at Valencia, I suggested to sign Son Heung-min. He was the first player I suggested to sign at Valencia. I thought he was a fantastic young player.
“Our owners also knew him well. We needed a winger who has pace and the quality to score a goal. It never happened, but I followed his career.”
Son is often overshadowed by Tottenham stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane in the attack and there were heavy reports that he would be departing last summer after just one season at the club.
However, he has since proven his worth to Mauricio Pochettino in the side and it is very rare that he is now left out of the club.
The north Londoners have a clash against Barnsley coming up on Tuesday evening in the EFL Cup before a short trip to West Ham on Saturday, where they will be looking to return to winning ways.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore has revealed his surprise that Everton didn’t push for this Spurs man.