CBS Sports of the United States analyzed that the recent sluggishness of Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) could be due to aging (aging curve), not temporary.
Aging literally refers to a phenomenon in which physical ability declines.
Ordinary people, but athletes who use their bodies a lot are more like this. So they usually retire in their mid-30s. This is because the ‘aging curve’ begins after the age of 30.
In particular, the life of a soccer player is not that long. This is especially true for the left wing and right wing, which have to run a lot due to the nature of the game.
CBS Sports pointed out that left winger Son Heung-min often loses the ball to opponents, and said that this is because he does not control the ball properly. There may be many reasons why ball control is unstable, but it is likely to be a physical problem.
Son Heung-min does not have the outstanding individual skills of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but he has the ability to beat the opponent’s defense with his speed and breakthrough power. This season has disappeared. Because the body doesn’t listen.
Ultimately, it is a physical problem.
Then, the physical burden on Son Heung-min should be relieved.
One of them could be national team retirement. Sohn Heung-min has been traveling to and from Korea by plane for a long time for numerous matches such as the warm-up matches, the Asian Cup, and the World Cup. On top of that, I was physically exhausted to digest Tottenham’s murderous schedule.
If Son Heung-min’s sluggishness is a physical problem, retirement from the national team can help.
There may be objections that it is still too early. However, Park Ji-sung retired from the national team at the age of 29, Ki Sung-yong at the age of 30, and Koo Ja-cheol at the age of 31.
It can be argued that they retired early because of injuries, but fitness can also be an important retirement reason.
Son Heung-min’s age is also heading towards the age of 31.
I will not bring up the national university retirement issue first. This is because he has a strong patriotism and even received military service benefits.
I emphasize once again, if Son Heung-min’s sluggishness is due to physical problems, it is necessary to publicize whether or not he will retire from the national team. 스포츠토토
However, if that is not the case, Son Heung-min himself has to find a way to get out of the sluggish situation. It’s not enough for him to simply work hard.
This season, the opposing team’s players’ check on Son Heung-min is noticeably focused. He is not allowing a breakthrough using speed. Stop in the middle so that the ball does not connect to Son Heung-min. In a tight space, Son Heung-min is unable to control the ball properly due to his lack of skill. Opponent players who saw this are defending with a more active physical fight when Son Heung-min catches the ball. Lack of space is fatal for Son Heung-min.
In the end, Son Heung-min has no choice but to solve this problem himself. That’s why the point of ‘sink or swim’ comes out.
Some argue that it is because of Antonio Conte’s use of Perisic and defense-oriented tactics, but a world class player should be able to escape from these problems.