Hat Trick Puts Son Heung-min on Track for Personal EPL Record

      April 11, 2022 10:54

      Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur scored his 15th, 16th and 17th goals of the season on Saturday in a match against Aston Villa.

      It was his second hat trick in the English Premier League, his first coming against Southampton in 2020. It helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 4-0 win.

      Son has shown unstoppable form recently, having scored six goals in his last three EPL matches. 

      He is on track to set a new personal record for an EPL season after tying his current record with the hat trick. Counting a goal in the UEFA Europa Conference League, his season tally now stands at 18 for all competitions, four goals away from his personal record set last season. Spurs have seven games left before the season wraps up.

      Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur scores a goal in a match against Aston Villa in Birmingham, England on Saturday. /AP-Yonhap

      Mohamed Salah of Liverpool currently leads the EPL with 20 goals, but Son is quickly catching up. Salah, who was the league's top scorer for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, has suffered a goal drought for about a month since scoring his 20th goal against Brighton and Hove Albion on April 12.

      If Son manages to end the season as the top scorer, he will be the first Asian to do so in EPL history.

      Opta Sports, a sports data provider, pointed out that Son "has scored the most non-penalty goals of any player in the Premier League this season." Not one of Son's 17 goals so far have come from penalties. Salah is second with 15.

      The EPL season ends on May 24. 

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