Forward Son Heung-min has welcomed having competition for places at Tottenham and says he’s up to the challenge.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has signed Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar this summer and last season’s Eredivisie top-scorer is expected to compete for a regular starting role in the upcoming campaign, meaning Son could be pushed further down the pecking order.
However, the South Korea international is ready to fight for his future at White Hart Lane.
“There are always players that you have to battle for playing time, no matter which team you play for,” he said “There’s no reason why I should fall behind in the competition. To win the battle, I have to get better myself.”
Son will miss the start of the Premier League season, though, as he has been named as one of his country’s overage players in their 18-man squad for next month’s Rio Olympics.
The 29-year-old is relishing representing South Korea in Brazil and knows there is big responsibility on his shoulders as one of the most experienced players in the squad.
He added: “I am older and more experienced than other players, and so I think I have to be their leader. I hope everyone will take the Olympics seriously. All the other countries will go for a medal, and we have to compete with a sense of responsibility.”
South Korea face Fiji, Germany and Mexico in Group C at the Olympics