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Son Heung-Min Keen To Feature For South Korea At The Asian Game

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has reportedly expressed his eagerness to represent South Korea at the Asian games this year in order to bypass the country’s military service.All able-bodied South Korean males have to compulsorily serve the military for a period of 21 months but they can get an exemption from this by winning a gold medal at either the Olympic or the Asian games.

As such, the 25-year-old is keen to ply his trade for the South Korea Under 23s this summer and their coach Kim Hak-bum has confirmed the player’s interest, he said: “Son has a strong will to compete at the Asian Games. But first, there's the World Cup. I told Son to play well in Russia before we meet at the Asian Games.”

Son has had another top season with Tottenham Hotspur where he is on course to achieve a 20-goal tally and the club’s hierarchy would be wise to lose his services for the start of next season in order to allow his participation at the Asian games. South Korea are undoubtedly the favourites to win the competition in Indonesia but they could do with an experienced head in Son in order to avoid any blemishes.

Nevertheless, Spurs may have to rethink their transfer strategy for the summer, considering Son may not play a big role during the first half of the season. Fernando Llorente is currently the third pick to act as deputy to Harry Kane and it will be interesting to see whether the club are interested in pursuing a new marksman during the summer.

Despite the progress in recent seasons, Spurs have come short of the trophy which resembles a form of success and next term could be a make or break for them. The long-term futures of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen among others may hinge on whether they can break a 10-year trophy drought next season.