For whatever reason, Tottenham’s mercurial forward Heung-min Son never really gets the credit he deserves. Since arriving in north London from Bayer Leverkusen, the South Korean international has hit 55 goals in 162 appearances for Spurs, which is roughly around a goal every three games – he is criminally underrated by many.
The former Bundesliga starlet earned the ultimate accolade as he was applauded off the field by Everton fans for his amazing performance in the 6-2 victory against the Toffees at Goodison Park on Sunday, against a Marco Silva side who have been in good form until very recently.
However, in his first season at the club, more than half of his Premier League appearances came from the bench, something that resulted in the 26-year-old going to see boss Mauricio Pochettino to ask why he had started on such rare occasions – a deal was even agreed with Wolfsburg only for Son to knuckle down and work harder.
There was also the time that the South Korean forward almost saw his career as a professional footballer cut short by two years unless he won the Asian Games with his country. Son is legally required to complete 21 months in his country’s military, unless he achieves a footballing accolade with his country.
He missed the start of the Premier League season as he battled to win the Asian Games for the sake of his career’s prime years, with almost all Spurs fans sat on the edge of their seat as the future of one of their best players hung in the balance – yet again, he fought back against adversity and won.
Additionally, in his aforementioned performance against the Merseysiders, he looked to have come of age and said to everyone out there: “I’m just as important to this team as the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.”
And that he is. Son scored twice against England number one Jordan Pickford having hit just three shots on target, whilst also setting up another of Spurs’ six goals as he displayed an unerring proficiency in front of goal.
He could’ve had more assists to his name had his teammates’ finishing been better, as he also managed to play two key passes into his fellow footballers in the white of Spurs – Son also embarked on one successful dribble as he was named Man of the Match for his blistering performance on a day where five or six of his teammates easily justified winning it too.
Son is a player who has always had to battle back from challenges, and never seems to let them defeat him or allow himself to be phased by them – the sky really is the limit for him under Mauricio Pochettino in north London.