Tottenham supporters shouldn't expect Sonny to start vs. Brighton

Son Heung-min is available for Saturday's home match against Brighton, but supporters shouldn't expect the South Korean to be part of the starting 11.
Jordan v South Korea: Semi Final - AFC Asian Cup
Jordan v South Korea: Semi Final - AFC Asian Cup / Lintao Zhang/GettyImages

Sonny endured an emotionally charged Asian Cup, experiencing the euphoric highs of beating Saudi Arabia in penalties, Australia in extra time, and the devastating low of falling to Jordan in the semifinal. While Spurs' captain would be able to overcome that emotional rollercoaster, other factors will probably prevent him from cracking Ange's first 11.

South Korea lost to Jordan on Tuesday evening in Qatar. The semifinal kicked off at 6 pm local time (3 pm in the UK) and didn't finish until about 8 pm. While the journey back isn't especially taxing, Sonny won't return to London until Wednesday morning. That leaves three rest days before Saturday's kickoff.

In silo, one would expect Sonny to start on three day's rest. However, the 31-year-old played six matches in three weeks, including 126 minutes in the Round of 16 and 122 minutes in the quarterfinal. Sonny's presence is immeasurably vital in Tottenham's quest to secure a top-four spot, so airing on the side of caution is a prudent, advisable move for Ange.


Not only does Sonny deserve and even require additional rest, but Tottenham, thanks to Richarlison's recent scintillating play, doesn't need to risk their captain's health. While I've been wrong before, expect Ange to prioritize the run-in, ensuring Sonny is in top physical and mental condition to battle the rigours of the Champions League chase.