Heung-Min Son reflected on the first time he faced Tottenham teammate Victor Wanyama on the football pitch and hailed the strength of the club’s midfield.
When Bayer Leverkusen traveled to Saint Mary's for a friendly against Southampton during the 2014 off-season, the Korean forward came face-to-face with the intimidating figure of Victor Wanyama, an experience he remembers fondly.
Despite walking away as 1-0 winners on the day, Son recalls the difficulty he faced in dealing with the Kenya international's significant midfield presence.
"I was really a fan of Victor when he signed because when I was with Leverkusen and I played against Southampton, I saw him for the first time and he was a beast – I was scared to play against him," Son told the club's official website.
"When he signed, everyone knew what he could do from when he played for Southampton and I enjoy watching him play. I think he’s done very well for us and he was very important during the season."
The 25-year old, whose 14 goals and nine assists were crucial in helping Spurs reach second place in the 2016/17 Premier League season, went on to highlight the importance of an attacking player having confidence in the players behind him.
"I’m an offensive player, an attacking player, but when I feel that behind us we have Victor and Mousa Dembele, I feel comfortable.
"If sometimes I lose the ball, I still feel comfortable because in behind me are, for example, Jan, Toby, Eric, Mousa and Victor," the South Korean added. "Every player who plays at the back makes it more comfortable to play in my position."