By David Williams
Tottenham captain Son Heung-min says he cannot wait to play with £47.5million deadline-day signing Brennan Johnson.
The two players could be in direct opposition on Thursday when Johnson’s Wales host Son’s South Korea in a Cardiff friendly.
After international duty, the pair are set to line up in the same side for the first time as Spurs seek to build on their promising start under Ange Postecoglou at home to Sheffield United on September 16.
“Brennan is another new player. He showed his quality last year at Nottingham Forest and I can’t wait to see him with my eyes,” Son said of his new team-mate who will be expected to fill some of the goals void left by Harry Kane’s summer exit.
“He’s a very good player and he has a very good talent. Welcome to Spurs! I can’t wait to play with him.
“It’s only been four games and we’re looking to keep going in a positive way with our new signing Brennan.
“When he comes to Spurs he wants to improve and go to the next step. He will feel the pressure but I can’t wait to have him in our team playing even better fast and attacking football.”
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Gentle Ben Davies spotted here, travelling to Wales together by train 🚂
— Football Confidential 🌐 (@footballconfid1) September 5, 2023
Son became captain of his country in 2019 and guided them to the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He was handed the same role at Spurs following Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich last month.
“It’s a great honour and privilege to be captain for club and country,” said Son, who scored a hat-trick in Tottenham’s 5-2 weekend win at Burnley.
“Being a captain is not about words. It’s by actions.
“I have to prove it and show to my team-mates and the team that I can be the leader of the team on and off the pitch.
“I have great players around me with my country and at Tottenham. It was great to score at the weekend.
“But I’m always calm and I never rush when I’m not scoring for a few games because I have 10 players behind me and that’s why we all love football. They help me to become a better person, player and captain.”
Who completed a better a hatrick between Hueng-Min Son, Erling Haaland and Evan Ferguson? pic.twitter.com/MleNECtjci
— MP🇺🇬UOT (@SuunaKing_James) September 2, 2023
South Korea are managed by former Tottenham hero Jurgen Klinsmann and the World Cup winner believes they can end their trophy drought under new boss Postecoglou.
Spurs have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup.
The former Germany striker said: “We all know what’s happening in the league and how dominant Man City is at the moment and how difficult it is.
“I look at last year and Arsenal were amazing but I see a team that is not less quality than Arsenal in this Spurs side.
“They have a fantastic coach now, a manager who is a good people person and why can’t they surprise a lot of people this year?
“Son’s goal and his team-mates’ goal is to win trophies. It’s been a long time for Spurs but you start every year with this goal and ambition in mind. The players and coach have that.
“I’m a follower and I keep my fingers crossed as one of their biggest fans. I hope they are successful and win something.”
🎙️ Sonny when asked about facing Ben Davies and Brennan Johnson in South Korea’s match against Wales:
“Don’t forget about Joe Rodon as well.”
— SpursOTM (@SpurOTM) September 6, 2023
Son Heung-min says he is excited about Brennan Johnson's talent – but insists it will take a collective effort for Spurs to replace Harry Kane ⚽#BBCFooball
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) September 6, 2023