The owner of Tottenham’s front-line position after Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) left seems to have been decided. This is ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min for the 2023-2024 season.
Son Heung-min exploded with multiple goals in the ‘North London Derby’ against Arsenal in the 6th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) season held at the Emirates Stadium in London, England on the 24th (Korean time), scoring his 4th and 5th goals in the league. I put it in. Tottenham drew 2-2 thanks to Son Heung-min’s performance, and went undefeated for six consecutive games (4 wins, 2 draws) since the opening.
Coach Angers Postecoglou entrusted Richarlison (Brazil) to fill the vacancy left by Kane, who left for Germany, until the first three rounds, but it was ineffective. Richarlison has also recently been pushed out of the starting lineup, citing psychological problems. Son Heung-min was placed at the forefront from the 4th round match against Burnley, and he took off with a hat trick to show off. Although he was silent in the 5th round against Sheffield, he showed his value by scoring 2 goals against his biggest rival, Arsenal, that day.
Son Heung-min played in the striker position during his early professional debut in Hamburg, Germany. However, he was only a teenager at the time and later played winger as his primary position for both his club and the national team. Although he has often played a front-line position in the national team in recent years, this season should be considered the first time that he has virtually played the role of ‘one-top’ in the big league at his prime age. Nevertheless, as much as he feels the weight of wearing the captain’s armband, he is repaying the manager’s trust with his outstanding goal-scoring ability on the pitch. In particular, both of the goals he scored on this day were assisted by ‘transfer’ James Madison. This season, the perfect chemistry with Son Heung-min and Maddison is attracting attention, and they are making up for the ‘Son-Kane’ combination, which was called Tottenham’s scoring formula until last season.메이저놀이터
Son Heung-min, who experienced ups and downs due to injuries last season, is making a perfect comeback this season. 5 goals in the first 6 games. He ranks second in EPL scoring after Erling Holland (Manchester City, 8 goals). In particular, he attempted 16 shots in 6 games, 7 of which were on target. Five out of seven resulted in goals, resulting in a scoring rate of 71% compared to valid shots.
In particular, the current scoring pace is twice as fast as the 2021-2022 season (23 goals), when Son Heung-min became the first Asian EPL scorer. At that time, Son Heung-min only scored 3 goals through the 6th round. Above all, there was a clear goal scorer named Kane who even took penalty kicks at the time. As Son Heung-min plays the role of ‘scorer’ this season, if he maintains his current condition without injury, we can expect a faster scoring race.
In addition, Son Heung-min scored multiple goals against Arsenal, leaving him ‘only one goal’ away from reaching 200 goals in his European career. Son Heung-min, who made his debut in Hamburg in 2010 at the age of 18, went through Bayer Leverkusen and joined Tottenham in the summer of 2015. This season marks his 14th season as a big leaguer. To date, he has played 544 official matches and scored 199 goals (149 goals in the regular league, 21 goals in cup competitions, and 29 goals in European club competitions). In the UEFA Champions League match against Tsvezda (Serbia) on November 7, 2019, he surpassed former Suwon coach Cha Bum-geun’s (121 goals) record for the most goals by an Asian in Europe. Four years later, he is looking to reach the 200-goal mark.
In the joint coverage area right after the Arsenal game, Son Heung-min was asked about his imminent goal of reaching 200 goals, saying, “Thanks to the help of all the players and coaches I’ve met so far, I was able to stay in Europe for this long and score a lot of goals.” I don’t normally pay attention to records, but I’m thankful that reporters and fans are interested. “I want to bring as much fun as possible to the stadium,” he said.