Koo Ja-Cheol expects Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min to start for South Korea against Uruguay
South Korea legend Koo Ja-Cheol has backed Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min to start for the Taegeuk Warriors in the World Cup opener against Uruguay. The former midfielder, who used to play for Augsburg, is confident about the 30-year-old featuring on 24 November.
In the Champions League fixture against Olympique Marseille in our final group fixture, the forward suffered a fractured eye socket in the 2-1 victory. As a result, he has missed the last few games for Spurs.
However, Son has been training with a face mask with his national side. South Korea manager Paulo Bento picked the 30-year-old in the Taegeuk Warriors’ 26-man squad that has travelled to Qatar.
Speaking via The Sun, Ja-Cheol, who garnered 76 caps for his national side, admires the South Korean captain’s determination. And the former midfielder expects the North London side’s star to play a part against La Celeste.
“He plays with such passion that I don’t think anyone would be able to stop him.
“He never wants to miss out and although he’s not been able to do any heading yet, he will push himself very hard. I expect him to start.”
Son signed for Tottenham in the summer of 2015 from Bayer Leverkusen. And over the years, he has turned into an important player for us. The 30-year-old has gone from strength to strength in his time at Spurs.
In the previous campaign, the forward had one of his best seasons for the North London side. The South Korean made 45 appearances for the Lilywhites in all competitions, scoring 24 goals and providing 10 assists. He was also awarded the Premier League Golden Boot.
Unfortunately, Son has struggled for form in the current campaign. He has not had a considerable impact on the pitch. And the forward has struggled to find the back of the net consistently as well.
Fortunately, Harry Kane has carried the side and contributed up front regularly. The England international has been one of our best players this term. However, other forwards like Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevksi and the South Korean captain need to step up for us.
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Hopefully, Son is able to find his feet with South Korea and go far in the competition. We need the 30-year-old at his best in North London to have a good chance at finishing in the top four.