Some Spurs fans were left bitterly disappointed when news broke last week that Son Heung-min would require surgery and that he would be out for an extended period of time.
With Harry Kane already sidelined following hamstring surgery, the team were heavily reliant on Son to score the goals in the absence of the England captain.
However, one particular group of fans were left even more heartbroken than the rest, a group of South Korean fans who had made the trip to London to watch Son play against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
It was only after arriving in the capital that they found out at their idol would not feature in the game.
The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare spoke to many of the fans who had made the more than 5,500-mile trip to watch Tottenham in action last Wednesday.
While some were left completely devastated by the news, others reacted more positively and insisted it would still be a great experience to watch the likes of Dele Alli and Lucas Moura in action.
Kim Chong-wan, a 30-year-old who came over with three friends from Seoul is quoted as saying: “I almost cried when I heard Son was injured. We are all fans. We came over on Monday. It was terrible for us because we came over only to see Son.”
Lee Yong-son, 23, said: I support Tottenham because of Son — but I have never seen him live. The reason I watch the Premier League is only Son. I almost cried when I heard the news.”
However, Lee Jae-wong, a 21-year-old student who has flown over from Seoul was still upbeat about the news. She said, “I will still cheer for [Dele] Alli and [Lucas] Moura. I’m still glad I came. I love all of the Tottenham players.
“I support Tottenham because of Son but now I love other players. I came over for the game especially. I’m very sad but I love other Spurs players. ”
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I know some Spurs fans don’t particularly like the fact that so many Korean fans come to games just to watch Son but I believe it is actually great for us. as a club. Many Koreans who started watching us just to support Son have been converted into Spurs fans and I believe many will remain fans of the club even after the Son has left.
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