As you’re probably aware, Heung-Min Son no longer has the cloud of having to do two years of military service hanging over him after he successfully won the Asian Games Men’s Football tournament with his country. After winning the gold, he had a very special thank you message for the Tottenham fans and the supporters have been showing him their appreciation.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 4 September 2018
For Son, every international competition he competed in had added pressure. If he failed to win a gold medal with his country he would have had to complete two years of mandatory military service for the South Korean army. The service would have to have been started before his 28th birthday and the career of a professional footballer is already very short before you take out two years of it.
The fact that the ever-smiley South Korean has managed to win the Asian Games will mean that he can see out the remainder of his five-year deal with Tottenham and help the Lilywhites continue to take steps towards winning some silverware. It was never ideal to start the season without Son in the squad and there’s an argument to say he could have made the difference against Watford, but overall, the fact he’s not free from doing time with the army is huge for the fans and they’ll be as delighted as the player.
You can read the Lilywhites’ responses to Son’s message here:
This guy really is the brightest light in the camp for a long long time.
— ً (@Alderrweireld) September 4, 2018
Best player in the World!! He deserves it so much!!
— Dan TheProneBear (@TheProneBear_) 4 September 2018
You are so special too Sonny
— sakura (@bellissiamore) 4 September 2018
You deserve it Sonny! Always give your all and play with a smile on your face.
— Daniel Woodley (@dwoodley1990) 4 September 2018
Dodged a bullet there Sonny- well done! #COYS
— Ian Graves (@Two2sheds) September 4, 2018
son deserves it he’s been fantastic
— Dennis Karanja (@deynor_rae) 4 September 2018
we all love you sonny. you'll get all the success you deserve. top, top man and even better player.#coys#.
— Robert Hodson (@robert48431826) September 4, 2018
The fans are delighted for Son and will be keen to see him come back firing from his club like he has been for his country.