Heung-Min Son failed to take chance to impress Pochettino in Australia

Tottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez

The South Korean star is now away with his country's Olympic squad.

Tottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul NiguezTottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez

Heung-Min Son was one of the big losers from Tottenham Hotspur's trip to Australia last week. Or if that is too strong an accusation of the talented attacker, he certainly missed an opportunity to demonstrate his worth to his manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The South Korean's time with the Spurs squad is on hold for now, as he heads off to join up with his country's Olympic squad. It means he will not feature in the club's final friendly game against Inter Milan in Oslo next weekend, when the players who were involved in the latter stages of the European Championships rejoin the rest of the squad.

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

He will of course also miss the early stages of the Premier League season, not being available again until after August 20 if South Korea make it to the last four.

Spurs negotiated a late release for the Olympics for their player to enable him to get as much preseason training with the club as possible, but disappointing performances in Tottenham's two Melbourne friendlies, coming on the back of a debut campaign when he failed to consistently showcase his importance in Pochettino's squad, mean he may start the new campaign even further back from where he ended the last one.

The 24-year-old looked good early on in his Spurs career but an injury disrupted his season, and though he found a little form in a few of the last matches, there were still rumours, such as in the Mirror, at the end of the campaign that Pochettino was considering his future.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

That may not be the case, but it was imperative for Son that he made a big impression on Pochettino this summer before he went off to the Olympics, especially with the rumoured signing of Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.

The former Bayer Leverkusen star managed to net in one of the club's preseason friendlies, a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest, but he was one of the more anonymous performers from the two glamour friendlies against Juventus and then Atletico Madrid in Melbourne.

Son started the match against the Italian side, and was part of a group that failed to offer anything whatsoever in the first half. It was only after the break that the Londoners improved, and by then he had missed his chance. Against Atletico, he came on for the second half, but once again could do little with his time on the field.

Now Son will have to wait until he gets back from Brazil before he continues to stake his claim for a starting place in the Tottenham side, and by then, he may have already slipped a little further back in the queue.

Tottenham's Heung Min Son scores their second goalTottenham's Heung Min Son scores against Chelsea

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