SN Blog 26 – Sonny’s future

I was reading today in the press how Spurs are looking to offer our South Korean forward Son Heung-min a new deal to reward his good form this season.  This all sounds good and makes perfect sense however there is a looming problem that both the club and the player are fully aware.

Sonny, like all South Korean men, must complete two years military service, starting before he turns 28 – he is currently 25 and turns 26 in July 2018.

Sonny vs Watford

Sporting stars can gain exemption from military service for achieving sporting success with the national team however time for that is running out for Sonny.

So we are left with a tough decision.  Do we offer a new deal in the knowledge we will be losing him for two years during the term or do we look to cash in on him this summer before it is to late?

Some could argue that the signing for Lucas Moura is already the replacement in the squad so plans are already in place for life beyond Son.


I am personally a big fan of the South Korean.  He is not only a very talented player but also a great member of the squad.  He is liked by everyone at the club and so him leaving seems an odd choice to make BUT I do understand the business side of football – we are not financially doped – we have to make smart decisions.

If there was any way the club or Sonny and his people could find that he could stay for years to come and complete his military service after he retires (been discussed in South Korea due to his status among football fans) then I would like to see him striking that all so familiar pose next to Pochettino with pen in hand soon.


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