Tottenham supporters have been pretty satisfied in recent times after seeing their side pick up three successive Premier League victories prior to the current two-week break for internationals.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with Cardiff City on October 6 having beaten Brighton and Huddersfield Town in their preceding two league games, albeit they did then suffer a 4-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League just prior to their meeting with Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds. Nonetheless, Spurs made it three league wins on the bounce as an Eric Dier effort in the first half was enough to secure a 1-0 win for the North Londoners, thus moving them to within two points of leaders Manchester City.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been reacting to the news that South Korea will not call up forward Son Heung-min for their international matches next month, with Spurs supporters understandably delighted with the news.
And given the amount of football Son has played for both club and country in recent times, alongside how important he is to Tottenham going forward for the rest of the season, those Spurs fans are absolutely right to suggest that the decision regarding the £45 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is a hugely welcoming one.
Ultimately, the 26-year-old enjoyed an excellent season in North London last term in netting 18 goals and laying on 11 assists in all competitions to help Pochettino’s side finish third in the Premier League table, and indeed reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
And with Harry Kane the only man to score more for Spurs last time round, it’s plainly obvious just how important the South Korea international is to Pochettino’s team, but he is also a vital part of the South Korea national team with 72 caps for his country, in which time he has scored 23 goals.
And in leading them in their World Cup campaign in Russia, which saw them record a famous victory over Germany before bowing out alongside the 2014 world champions at the group stage, he then led his country to victory in the Asian Games back in September – thus, he has played a lot of football with very little rest in between.
And with Spurs seeking to compete for major honours both domestically and in Europe between now and the end of the season, Pochettino will need Son to be at his absolute best to help his side in those quests – yet it’s difficult to see him being at his best at present given the relentless schedule he has had in 2018 so far.
Thus, the Tottenham manager will surely manage the 26-year-old’s playing time in the coming weeks in a bid to allow him the required rest and preparation for the coming campaign, but giving him the two weeks during the international break next month will be vital in aiding his recovery – he will likely need that time if he is to perform to the level required coming the second half of the season.
As such, Spurs fans have been calling for Son to earn a rest for some time now such has been the amount of football he has played, and now that looks set to happen next month, they are absolutely right to be thrilled with the news.
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