The head coach for the South Korean national team has revealed his serious concerns over the fitness of Tottenham star Heung-min Son ahead of the World Cup after his sensational form this season.
The 25-year-old has been imperious in front of goal and has 18 goals across all competitions, 12 of those coming in the Premier League, while he has also chipped in with a further nine assists.
Set to deputise as a centre forward in place of the injured Harry Kane, who could reportedly be out of action until May with an ankle injury suffered against Bournemouth, Son’s national boss, Tae-yong Shin has expressed his worries over whether his star man will be able to replicate his performances when it comes to this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
He was quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “I’m concerned that Son’s red hot form could cool down around the World Cup period.
“No player can maintain his best form all season long.
“I’m really worried that Son’s form might go down from May, with his concentration waning and him becoming physically fatigued.”
Son has made a total of 43 appearances this season and a total of 130 for Spurs since signing for the club, while he has picked up 61 caps for his country.
Football Insider verdict
Shin’s concerns are totally valid and he makes a good point about players not being able to keep their form up all season long. However, will that affect Son’s performances for Spurs, as he considers his national pride ahead of the summer? Mauricio Pochettino and the Lilywhite faithful will hope not, but as the season draws to a close there is every chance he will have one eye on the World Cup, and maybe not give 100 per cent – something which seems unlikely considering the winger’s dedication to Spurs – in fear of injury or exhaustion.
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