Son Heung-min is the core of Tottenham in name and reality. He started in all matches of this season’s Tottenham League and recorded nine goals and four assists. He had tremendous influence by playing both as a striker and as a left wing player, and recently proved this by scoring one goal and two assists in the match against Newcastle United.
For Tottenham, it is regrettable that Son Heung-min will be called to the Asian Cup. The Asian Cup will open on January 12 and will take place for about a month until the final match. Tottenham will have a league match against Burnley on January 6 and the FA Cup on January 15 and Manchester United on January 15. As FIFA rules require a player to be called to the national team two weeks before the start of the tournament, Tottenham cannot appoint Son in the January match.
Tottenham wants to be with Son at least until the match against Burnley on Jan. 6. As the first Asian Cup match is on Jan. 15, Tottenham has some free time. Some London-based newspaper Evening Standard reported that Tottenham had informed the Korea Football Association that it would appoint Son and send him to the national team until the match against Burnley. According to KFA officials, there has been no official request from Tottenham regarding the recruitment of Son to the national team. The KFA believes that manager Jurgen Klinsmann has never told the association about recruiting Son.
Some soccer experts say that Tottenham could first contact and coordinate with coaching staff including Coach Klinsmann, and send an official letter afterwards. Coach Klinsmann is a former Tottenham player who also visited his home stadium this year to observe Son Heung-min. “According to FIFA regulations, all national team players must join the national team two weeks before the opening of the tournament,” a source said, adding that there is no need to comply with Tottenham’s official request.
Son Heung-min has joined the A national team since the match against China, which was the third group match at the 2019 Asian Cup. At that time, instead of recruiting to the national team for the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, the Korea Football Association and Tottenham signed a consultation on the timing of recruiting for the Asian Cup, so the timing of joining the national team was delayed.