The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern have finally come to terms with the fact that they could actually lose Heung-Min Son to mandatory military service. The Korean winger scored the second goal yesterday to knock Germany out of the World Cup, but unless he can help South Korea win the 2019 Asian Cup he will have to return home for two years of military duty.
Heung-Min Son has confirmed he will participate in the Asian Cup finals and will not be available for selection in January:
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) 27 June 2018
As you can probably imagine, losing a fully fledged international who consistently bags you between 10 and 15 league goals from the wing every year is far from ideal. However, Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino would have known the risks of signing Son when they paid the money for him back in summer 2015. The Lilywhites paid a fee of around £25 million for the winger and they could lose him for nothing if he fails to win a medal in a tournament for Korea.
At the age of 25, the Asian Cup in January 2019 is Son’s last chance of winning a medal and getting an exemption from his country’s military policy that demands all able-bodied males to complete two years of service in the army. If Son does go, it’s unlikely he will end up on the front lines for South Korea, but that doesn’t mean he will be keen to go. The clinical winger, who has two World Cup goals to his name, will have to give up two years of what is already a short career in professional football if he cannot shine for his country and the Spurs fans are getting worried.
You can see what our irate Spurs fans’ make of Son’s situation here:
Hope very much that he medals.
— Derrell Bradford (@Dyrnwyn) June 27, 2018
Plenty of depth to handle it. Hopefully he can win it and avoid military service.
— Ryan Larkin (@Larkin8) June 27, 2018
Good luck to him.
— Harry Maguire (@ManLikeAlli) June 27, 2018
— George (@talkFootballGE) 27 June 2018
Mate you have to win that or into national service you go, give them 100 pls
— lonely (@tanvcoys) June 27, 2018
Fingers crossed, but I think that's wishful thinking.
— Steven Garth Endersby (@SGEndersby) June 27, 2018
Losing a fan favourite under these circumstances is the last thing the Spurs fans want and they’ll be plenty of fingers crossed in North London that Son can help bring home the Asian Cup for his country.