Son Heung-min has proven that he has a potential to become the key player of the South Korean national team by scoring two goals in the UEFA Champions League this week.
Lee Dong-gook and Kim Shin-wook, two of the best strikers in Korea, recently succumbed to injury and are not expected to recover in time for the Asian Cup in January. South Korean coach Uli Stielike expressed his concerns regarding the lack of strikers in his press conference prior to the match against Jordan, and Son’s impressive form this season will surely come as welcome relief.
In Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League tie Son scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Russian side Zenit St Petersburg 2 – 1 in Russia. The 22-year-old showed keen scoring ability and agility throughout the game, and was unsurprisingly chosen as the Man of the Match. Even more encouraging is that Son has shown consistency over the course of the season to date, having scored 10 goals in 17 matches.
Son’s biggest competitor could be the controversial Park Chu-young, who was also selected for the squad. But fans remain concerned about Park’s form after his disappointing performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup despite solid recent performance with Saudi outfit Al Shabab.