Tottenham have been handed a timely selection boost ahead of their upcoming trip to Sunderland, with the club confirming that new signing Heung-Min Son is now available to play, having being granted a work permit and receiving the necessary international clearance following his move from Bayer Leverkusen.
The South Korea international became Mauricio Pochettino's fifth and final signing of the most recent transfer window after arriving at White Hart Lane in a £22m ($33.8m) deal on 28 August. He was unveiled to supporters immediately prior to the goalless draw against Everton, but was unable to play any part in that fixture due to the formalities of the deal not yet being officially completed.
Along with fellow new recruit Clinton Njie, Son, who scored 15 goals in all competitions for Leverkusen last term, will likely be deployed primarily as a supporting striker in the near future, with Harry Kane yet to score this season and chairman Daniel Levy failing to agree a deal to sign Saido Berahino from West Brom. The 23 year old displayed his potential during the recent international break with a hat-trick during South Korea's 8-0 thrashing of Laos in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
If he is selected, Tottenham supporters will be hoping for a similar impact against Sunderland. Pochettino's side have failed to win any their opening four Premier League games and currently lie 16th after registering three consecutive draws.
"Confirmed: Heung-Min Son has been granted a work permit and received international clearance," the club revealed via their official Twitter account on 9 September. "The @theKFA international forward will wear the number 7 shirt and is now available for selection."
In addition to Son, Pochettino could also have Christian Eriksen back for Tottenham's sojourn to the Stadium of Light. The ex-Ajax playmaker missed matches against Leicester and Everton after sustaining a knee injury in training, while it remains to be seem if Njie will be fit enough to play any part. The contest will also see Younes Kaboul come up against his former team for the first time since completing a £3m move to Sunderland in July.