This is bad news for the Tottenham fans in the Football Transfer Tavern…
Son Heung-Min has made an electric start to the 2016/17 season.
Despite being a bit-part player since his arrival in London, the South-Korean has lit up the Premier League this year, and has scored 4 goals in the league so far this year.
His incredible record thus far this year makes this latest news revelation all the more disappointing to the Tottenham faithful in the Football Transfer Tavern.
According to the Daily Mail, Son Heung-Min could be forced to miss up to two-years of action – due to mandatory military service requirements in his native South Korea.
Under South Korean law, by the age of 28 – he must have begun a 21-month long military service stint – or risk prosecution by the South Korean government.
This will be familiar to the Man United fans in the Tavern, who might remember Park Ji-Sung going through a similar situation at United – only for him to be considered exempt due to his achievements in football.
Significantly, this rule could also be applied to Son – but he will need to win a major trophy with his native country in order to achieve this. The Daily Mail are suggesting that the Asia Cup or Asia Games represent the best opportunity for the midfielder to receive an exemption.
This has come as a real blow to the Tottenham faithful, who feel that he is finally starting to find his form in the Premier League.
Nonetheless, Son has around four years to deal with the issue – and so our landlord is confident that it will work itself out.
Son Heung-Min was in fine form again last night, picking up a late winner as Tottenham snatched a 1-0 victory against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. After suffering defeat on the opening day, the victory was a necessary step for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
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