|Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min, right, celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal, and his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at White Hart Lane in London, Saturday. / AFP-Yonhap|
By John Duerden
Whatever happens in the final weeks of the 2016-17 English Premier League season, Son Heung-min will be able to look back on it with satisfaction.
Son has been helping Tottenham Hotspur keep runaway leader Chelsea in its sights. At the time of this writing the Spurs have closed the gap on their London rivals to four points though Chelsea has eight games remaining compared to seven for the team in second.
The Korean attacker has played a significant role for the North London team, which he joined in the summer of 2015 from Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
He has made 17 starts in the league and scored eleven goals, a record haul for an Asian player in England’s top tier. Ki was on the field last Wednesday for Swansea City as Son scored a vital goal in the 91st minute to give the Spurs a 2-1 lead.
It was a dramatic turn around. The team had been losing 1-0 until the 88th minute when Dele Alli equalized. Soon after, Son scored and then there was still time for Tottenham to add a third.
“It was a really difficult game, we were 1-0 down but everyone believed we could win this game right through to 97 minutes,” said Son. “It was very important to score that first goal through Dele and then we believed it even more. It was a great feeling to score an important goal to help us get three points and I’m really happy for my team-mates and the fans.”
The celebrations for the goal were wild to say the least and it showed the importance of Son’s strike to the players, fans and coach. But there is still plenty of work to do for the club.
“We’re just keeping going. We don’t look at other teams. We have to look at our games and our performances. You never know what will happen and that’s why we have to fight for three points in every game _ fight like today.”
After an up and down first season, there was talk of Son being sold back to a German club but he stayed and everyone at the White Hart Lane Stadium that is home to the club is happy he did.
His winning strike on Wednesday was followed by two more excellent goals on Saturday as the Spurs put Watford to the sword with a 4-0 win.
Son was the star of the show. He made the opener for Alli and then got goals number three and four, shooting home just outside the area for his first and then sending a volley into the net for his second. His one frustration was failing to complete his first Premier League hat-trick after coming very close to doing so..
But that was a small complaint from a big performance and result.
The Spurs may not win the title this season but are playing like champions at the moment and so is Son Heung-min.