Tottenham could be about to sign Heung-Min Son 2.0

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There is a compilation on YouTube showing the very best of Martin Terrier.

About a minute into the video, the Rennes forward shifts the ball onto his favoured right foot and bends a gorgeous shot into the far corner. Some 50 seconds later, Terrier ghosts into the penalty area before converting a cross, barely breaking stride.

On three minutes, the former Lyon youngster races in behind the opposition defence, speeds away from a spluttering centre-half and slots calmly into the back of the net. 

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Three goals which, while almost completely different in their construction and execution, will feel eerily similar to any Tottenham Hotspur fans tuning in. They are, to put it simply, the sort of goals that Heung Min-Son has made his trademark in North London.

The long-range curler. The first-time finish from a cut-back. The one-v-one. 

And the similarities between Terrier and Son don’t stop there either. Like Tottenham’s number seven, the 25-year-old former France youth star is a left-winger by trade. One who has adapted to a more central role as he develops his game. With devastating results, too. 

Terrier has scored exactly the same number of league goals as Son in 2021/22 – 21 apiece.  

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“I’m on the left side of the attack but, during the games, I can move around and play as a false nine or as a ten, or I can drop deep to get the ball,” Terrier told the Ligue 1 website last month. “I like that.” 

“He’s a complete player,” adds Rennes team-mate Gaetan Laborde. “His number one quality is his passing, his free kicks. He defends, he can play left, right or in the middle of the park. He runs a lot, he has a great engine, he’s intelligent, and he’s gifted. That’s a lot of qualities.  

“It’s rare to have a player like that.” 

Tottenham supporters know that only two well. Plenty of forwards have passed through the doors in recent years, without ever coming close to Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane. But those striking similarities with one half of the Premier League’s most potent ever strike partnership mean, if Terrier joins Son and Kane in Antonio Conte’s dressing room, the fleet-footed Frenchman could adapt far quicker, and far more effectively, than the likes of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Vinicius. 

It’s not hard to imagine Kane turning provider for Terrier, one of those perfectly-weighted through balls converted on the counter by his new sparring partner.

According to FootMercato, Tottenham are ‘very fond’ of Terrier. So much so, they have already sent a ‘proposal’ his way heading into the summer transfer window. 

Heung-Min Son is a unique footballer. But he’s not quite ‘one of a kind’. 

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