The Tottenham Hotspur attacker will be available for their upcoming matches but could be missing for much of August.
As reported by ESPN, Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal with South Korea’s football association that will see £22million summer signing Heung-Min Son sit out his country’s upcoming international matches in exchange for Spurs making the player available for this summer’s Olympics.
At first glance it is a sensible move, with Tottenham fighting hard for the Premier League title and Son likely to play his part between now and May.
However, while Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is rightly thinking about the here and now as his side attempts to claim their first ever Premier League crown, it could be a risk that comes back to haunt him next season.
If Son goes to the Olympics he will be unavailable for Tottenham’s pre-season campaign and the start of the new season, and with Euro 2016 also taking a number of Spurs’ key players away later this year, Pochettino may be faced with the difficult task of preventing burn-out from players not given a sufficient summer break.
Of Tottenham’s regular first-team stars practically all of them are likely to be called up by their countries this summer, while any new additions could well come from those countries playing at Euro 2016.
If that is the case, Tottenham – like many of their rivals it must be said – could struggle to hit the ground running and players who have had the summer off could make the difference early on.
Son could have been one of them, but instead it looks like he will be heading to Rio just when his club could have done with him the most.