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During the previous three seasons, Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has continued to prove his ability in the Premier League.
The South Korean – a £22m (per the Mirror) arrival in 2015 – was arguably Spurs’ best player last term. As Harry Kane struggled with injury for large parts of the campaign, Son scored 20 goals and laid off 10 assists for the north Londoners (all competitions, via Transfermarkt).
The 27-year-old was also one of the main reasons why Tottenham made it through to the final of the Champions League last term, scoring a stunning brace as Mauricio Pochettino’s men came from behind to eliminate Manchester City in a dramatic semi-final played out at the Etihad.
Son turned it on again Tuesday night in Europe as Spurs thrashed Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, scoring twice as the Lilywhites cruised to a 5-0 win over the Serbians on home soil. Indeed, he was then hailed by a number of pundits for his exploits and a deeper look at the stats just go to serve just how much his arrival has shaken the club for the better.
He’s averaged two shots per game (via WhoScored) since arriving on these shores, alleviating the burden on the aforementioned Kane. While Spurs do still clearly rely on the England captain, it’s amazing to think just how much more they would have done had Son not arrived to shake things up.
The South Korean has finished top scorer behind Kane last season and the year before that, has been deployed as a central striker on numerous occasions and was even noted as a great replacement by ESPN back in February.
His exploits in the Premier League this term have been impressive, too, having found the net twice and provided two assists for Spurs in his opening seven league appearances – six of which have come from the start (via Transfermarkt).
Son has now scored a total of 72 goals and notched 39 assists for Tottenham in 199 appearances since joining the north London club from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2015.
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