Son Heung-min Scores EPL-Leading 8th Goal of Season for Spurs

  • By Joo Hyung-sik

    October 28, 2020 09:31

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur scored his eighth goal of the season in the English Premier League on Monday.

    In an away game against Burnley, Son scored on a header off a headed pass from Harry Kane in the 76th minute.

    Son, who extended his scoring streak to four games, is now the season's top scorer in the EPL with eight goals, moving ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton with seven. With 10 goals overall so far, including two in the Europa League, he has posted double-digit goal tallies in five consecutive seasons.

    Son's goal gave Tottenham a 1-0 victory over Burnley and pushed Spurs up to fifth in the league with 11 points from three wins, two draws and one loss.

    Asked about his new style of celebrating goals, in which he poses like a photographer taking a picture, he said, "It means that I want to cherish the moment."

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring a goal against Burnley in the U.K. on Monday. /Yonhap

    If Son continues to put in strong performances, there is a good chance he could break his personal best of 14 league goals set in the 2016-17 season, or even become the first Asian player to be the top scorer across all of Europe's top five leagues -- the EPL, Germany's Bundesliga, France's Ligue 1, Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga.

    He has recorded 10 shots on target out of 14 attempts (71.4 percent) in six league matches, scoring eight goals (57.1 percent).

    It all depends on whether he can maintain his present form. In the past Son's performance has suffered due to a punishing schedule.

    At the beginning of the season, Son suffered a hamstring injury in a game against Newcastle United on Sept. 28 after appearing in five matches in two weeks and traveling about 8,200 km.

    In Monday's game, Spurs manager Jose Mourinho took him out in second-half injury time, but benching a player as outstanding as Son is never an easy decision. 

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