Tottenham have confirmed that South Korean striker Son Heung-min has been granted a work permit and could be in contention to make his debut this weekend against Sunderland.
The application was always something of a formality given Son has established himself as one of the key players in the South Korean side, scoring a hat-trick in an 8-0 World Cup qualifying win over Laos recently.
Spurs have also confirmed that the 23-year-old will wear the number 7 shirt, where he is expected to be a part of the attacking trident behind Harry Kane. Clinton N’Jie, Nacir Chadli, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli will likely compete for the other starting berths.
The £22million signing became the most expensive Asian footballer of all time when he signed from Bayer Leverkusen last month and has already pledged to prove his worth to Tottenham fans.
He said: “I feel responsible, also proud because Tottenham valued me that highly. It is very important for players to feel valued. Now I’m going to show that I’m worth it.
“I feel good even though I have not played a game there. I had goose bumps when I entered White Hart Lane and so many fans welcomed me. Now I have to prepare to play well.”
Spurs travel to the Stadium of Light for their Premier League clash on Sunday and will likely include Son in their matchday squad.