Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League announced last season that he would overcome the attention and pressure of fans who expected him to perform like a top scorer and show a better image.
Son Heung-min, who became the first Asian player to score his 100th Premier League (PL) goal, said about his poor performance this season in an interview with the British media Evening Standard on the 10th (Korean time), “As a Golden Boot winner, I felt ‘interest and pressure’.” “I don’t want to make excuses for not being ‘top-notch,'” he admitted.
Heung-Min Son made his presence known by scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Brighton last weekend in the league. It is the 7th goal in the league this season and the 100th goal in the personal PL. It was the first Asian to achieve this.
Son Heung-min, who scored 23 goals last season and became the PL joint top scorer with Muhammad Salah (Liverpool), has significantly reduced his scoring ability this season. He scored a goal in just 5 matches. In the first half, he only scored 3 league goals (a hat-trick against Leicester City). In the second half, his scoring power gradually revived and he is recording 7 goals.
Heung-Min Son claims he likes to play under pressure, but he has admitted that heightened expectations have played a part in his sluggish performance.
Heung-Min Son said, “If you want to make excuses for my play, you can find a lot of excuses, but I’m not the type to make excuses like ‘That wasn’t who I really am’. I admit that I did not reach it,” he said.
“Last season was fantastic,” he said. Winning the top scorer was a magical moment that gave me great confidence.” Looking back, he
added, “When the new season started, people expected another great performance from me, saying ‘Sony won the Golden Boot’. But sometimes it’s not that simple because you get more attention and more pressure.”
“I love this kind of pressure, and that’s why we play because it means I’m not a perfect player yet,” Son Heung-min said. It will be a very important match,” he said. He expressed his will to show better performance in the remaining games.
Son Heung-min was also involved in Harry Kane’s winning goal against Brighton. Regarding the improvement in performance, he analyzed that it was because interim coach Christian Stellini adjusted the position and allowed space for the opposing team’s defensive line.
Son Heung-min said, “Because Brighton’s defensive line is quite high, I have space to run from behind.” “But I still want to play consistently, I want to play better, scoring is important, but I want to help the team in as many ways as possible,” he said.
Son Heung-min pointed out that he had a difficult few weeks, losing the lead and conceding a last-minute goal in the matches against Southampton and Everton before the A match break.
“We are so much into learning and improving because we all know where we made mistakes and we should have been more responsible to take the three points from that game rather than just hoping to get the three points for free,” he said. “There is no need to talk about it,” he said. “Even though I had to struggle to win, I had to fight until the last minute, until the last minute (against Brighton) and I did it this time.”
“It was good to score my 100th Premier League goal, but the most important thing was to get three points,” he said. and gave it meaning.
Tottenham is currently in 5th place in the league (53 points) with 16 wins, 5 draws and 9 losses after 30 rounds.
The gap with 4th place Manchester United (56 points), which is given the right to participate in the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) next season, is 3 points.
The gap with 6th place widened to 6 points.스포츠토토 Aston Villa (47 points) overtook Brighton (46 points) and took 6th place.