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Tottenham fans are absolutely spot on: Son Heung-min certainly needs a break

Tottenham fans are absolutely spot on: Son Heung-min certainly needs a break

Tottenham supporters have been pretty quiet in recent times after seeing their team suffer their first defeat of the Premier League season just prior to the two-week break for internationals.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their most recent clash with Watford off the back of victories over Newcastle United, Fulham, and Manchester United in their opening three matches, and thus having made a very fast start to the campaign. And in taking the lead at Vicarage Road through an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal, the North Londoners looked on course for a fourth straight win, only for headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart to seal all three points for Javi Gracia’s Hornets.

As such, there have been many despondent Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter recently to express their irritation at seeing attacker Son Heung-min play for South Korea in a friendly against Chile on Tuesday.

And given the amount of football the £45 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) has played in the last few months, those Spurs supporters are absolutely justified to be frustrated with the lack of rest the 26-year-old is getting.

Ultimately, the South Korea international played a hugely important role in Pochettino’s side last season in netting 18 goals and laying on 11 assists in all competitions for Tottenham, 12 goals and six assists of which coming in their run to third place in the Premier League.

Thus, it was clear that the South Korea star was a vital part of the squad at the North London club and as such went into this summer’s World Cup in fine form, although he was unable to help his country out of the group stages in Russia, despite playing his part in a famous victory over Germany.

And a matter of weeks later saw Son named in the South Korea squad for the Asian Games, which the 26-year-old helped his country win by beating Japan 2-1 in the Gold Medal match at the start of this month – as such, he has been playing football pretty much non-stop since this time last year.

Add in two recent friendlies for South Korea, in beating Costa Rica on Friday before drawing with Chile earlier today, and the attacker simply hasn’t been able to have much of a rest and certainly not much of a pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 campaign – that is likely to be a problem for Pochettino and Tottenham as the season wears on.

Clearly, Son is an important player for Spurs such have been his efforts in years gone by, but to go into this season with little pre-season and 12 months of continuous football, it’s going to be difficult for him to produce the goods once again – by not playing either of South Korea’s recent friendlies would have at least given him some time to prepare by returning to Spurs.

As such, those Spurs fans are absolutely spot on to suggest that he deserves a rest, and that his game time needs managing in the coming weeks if the 26-year-old is to be able to produce the goods in Pochettino’s side this season.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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