Heung-min Son has become one of the most important figures at Tottenham Hotspur over the last few years, despite being in a team with the likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Christian Eriksen, and more.
Son has not only improved his consistency and goalscoring year in year out, but he has also always been the one to step up in the absence of Kane when the England captain is injured.
Not only this, but Son has managed to keep his performance levels high despite frequently flying away to play for his native South Korea.
In 2018, Son was eventually given permission to join up with his international squad for the Asian Games, with military service on the line.
If he and his teammates won the tournament, they would be granted immunity from service. If they failed to pick up the gold medal, Son would be required to do 21-months of service.
Pochettino has now commented on the predicament in an interview on the High Performance Podcast, implying that Son would not be at the club if they had not let him leave.
The Daily Mail added that Pochettino ‘put his job on the line’ to fight for Son to play in the tournament with South Korea, as the club were reluctant to let him leave.
Poch said: “With Harry Kane injured, Son not playing the first few months because of the Asian Games, no one talks about that.
“Today, Sonny is at Tottenham because we allowed him to go and play two competitions that weren’t compulsory, not being selfish and saying, ‘No, Sonny needs to stay here.’
“Because of the club. If not, two years and you need to stop the contract with Son.
“No one says anything about that. It was our decision to provide him the time to go.”
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