Son Heung-min, 31, has been a revelation for both club and country. He’s excelled in goals and playmaking this season, and he can play anywhere on the field.
The captain of the national team started the friendly against Saudi Arabia at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, on Sept. 13 and played the full 89 minutes. Playing up front alongside Cho Kyu-sung, he led the attack from wide up front and created a series of chances. South Korea won 1-0 in the 32nd minute, thanks to Cho’s first goal of the game. It was Jürgen Klinsmann’s first win in six games in charge.
Son was free to move around and lead the attack against Wales on Aug. 8, when Klinsmann’s side recorded four shots on goal and one on target, with Son alone accounting for three of those shots. The first half of the game against Wales was very stifling, and the only breathing room came when Son got the ball. Klinsmann gave Son a “free roll” to move freely in the offensive zone.
For his club, Tottenham in the English Premier League (EPL), Heung-min plays a dual role of scoring and playmaking.
He has taken over the playmaking role from Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), who left Tottenham. According to soccer stats site Sofascore, the left-back has made eight key passes (passes that resulted in a shot) in the first three league games for Tottenham.
He’s also shined up front. With Tottenham’s striker, Alexis Sanchez, struggling, Son has stepped up to the plate. The “frontline striker” scored three goals on three shots on goal against Burnley on the last two days to complete a hat trick. He quickly moved into 30th place on the EPL’s all-time goalscoring list with 106 goals.바카라사이트
The UK’s Daily Mail released its 2023-24 EPL Power Rankings on June 6, with Son at the top of the list. The publication said, “He is leading the charge for Tottenham under manager Enzi Postecoglou. He has also been sharp when he needs to be and has had some successful games.” Son’s name was included in the best 11 of the fourth round by the EPL Secretariat, BBC, and other media outlets.
After continuing his upward trend in the A-League, Son Heung-min is heading back to the EPL. It is expected that Tottenham will go out with ‘nails’ again.
He earned a call-up to Brazil’s national team during the A-match in September, but struggled in both games he started and was subbed off in the second half. He was offside several times and missed big chances. Spurs Web, which covers Tottenham news, said, “I expect Son Heung-min, who scored a hat-trick, will now play in the number nine (striker) position. I don’t think he’ll get many chances.”