Why Tottenham 'Could Lose' Son Heung-Min For Two Years

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

Tottenham face losing one of their key men to military service for the next two seasons, according to a report.

However, the South Korean government apparently gives exemptions for "sports stars who perform well at major tournaments".

Son is therefore likely to receive a free-pass if his country performs well at the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

While his flurry of goals are going down well in North London, there are concerns in Seoul that they may dry up before the Koreans face Germany, Mexico and Sweden in Group F of the World Cup in June.

But with that an unlikely scenario - the Taeguk Warriors' best effort since co-hosting was reaching the last 16 in 2010 - Son has two other get-out routes.

And in any event, he would be expected to help lead their attempt to retain the Asian Cup.

Son Heung-Min
GettySon Heung Min has been on fire for Tottenham in recent weeks

He would miss the first four games of next season if he was included in the squad for the Asian Games.

They won it in 2014 without Son after his then-club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him for the tournament in the UAE.

And Mauricio Pochettino's side played eight matches this season between 5 January and 1 February, which is when the Asian Cup is being held.

But Poch would probably see the upside of not losing the attacking midfielder for almost two years as a gamble worth taking.

Son, 25, has been an instrumental part of Tottenham's domestic and European campaigns this season - scoring 18 goals and providing nine assists in 43 games.

"Sonny is very under-rated. He's now closing in on 20 goals again in all competitions and that's something to be delighted with - we're all delighted for him and long may it continue!"

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