Heung-min Son says he is up for challenge of first-team football battle with new signings

Son Heung Min celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham Hotspur

The Tottenham Hotspur winger is currently on international duty with South Korea's Olympic team.

Son Heung Min celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham HotspurSon Heung Min celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham Hotspur

South Korean international Heung-min Son did not have the debut season with Tottenham Hotspur he would have envisaged.

The 24-year-old, a summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen last year, had his moments for Mauricio Pochettino’s men but injury niggles and a poor end to the season has seen his future at the club called into question.

Tottenham's Son Heung Min in action with Leicester City's Gokhan Inler and Ben ChilwellTottenham's Son Heung Min in action with Leicester City's Gokhan Inler and Ben Chilwell

But Son has told reporters for Channel News Asia, as he gets prepared to play for the South Korean Olympic team in Brazil this summer, that he is ready for a fight in the hunt for first-team football at White Hart Lane:

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for NetherlandsVincent Janssen scores the first goal for Netherlands

"There are always players that you have to battle for playing time, no matter which team you play for.

"There's no reason why I should fall behind in the competition. To win the battle, I have to get better myself."

Tottenham have recently snapped up Vincent Janssen to play in a striking position whilst Georges-Kevin N’Koudou is expected to add some competition in the wide positions when his expected transfer goes through this week.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at MarseilleGeorges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille

Son therefore has a difficult task in his hands if he is to ensure himself of a place in the Tottenham first-team for the 2016-17 season and being away on international duty until well into August is unlikely to help his cause.

Hopefully, for Spurs and Son, he can come back from Brazil inspired and help Tottenham in their fight for Champions League and Premier League success.

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