Son Heung-min hits double-digit attacking points in ‘The Beauty of Yujong’
Spurs win thanks to the ‘Son-Ke duo’ but fail to qualify for Europe.
Tottenham ran out convincing 4-1 winners away to Leeds United in the 38th round of the 2022-2023 English Professional Football Premier League final at Elland Road in Leeds, England, on 29 September (KST).
The Premier League is a 20-team competition with first to fourth place qualifying for the European Champions League, fifth and sixth place qualifying for the Europa League and seventh place qualifying for the Europa Conference League. Tottenham, who were in eighth place before the game, needed to move up to seventh place to qualify for European competition.
The ‘Sonke duo’ shared the opening goal… Tottenham win the final메이저놀이터
Desperate for a win, Tottenham fielded Harry Kane and Son Heung-min as their top two strikers, and the goals came early on.
They opened the scoring in the second minute when Son played a perfect pass to Kane on the edge of the box, who rattled the net with a right-footed shot. It was Kane’s 29th goal of the season and Son’s sixth assist.
Leeds, who were just as desperate for a win as Tottenham to avoid relegation to the second tier, fought back but were unable to find a way through, with several shots going just wide of the post.
Instead, Tottenham grabbed a second in the second minute of stoppage time. Kane used some fantastic individual skill to beat two defenders before feeding Pedro Foro, who curled a right-footed shot into the corner of the net to give Spurs a 2-0 lead.
Leeds, who were forced to make a number of substitutions, pulled a goal back in the 23rd minute through Jack Harrison, but Tottenham made it 3-1 two minutes later when Kane rattled the net again, this time from a pass from Foro.
With Spurs in control, Lucas Moura, who has decided to leave the club at the end of the season, scored the winner in stoppage time. The Spurs players rushed to congratulate Moura and bid him a fond farewell.
But Tottenham weren’t smiling… ‘Failed’ to qualify for Europe for the first time in 14 years
The game ended in a 4-1 win for Tottenham, and Son, who added an assist, has now scored 10 goals and provided six assists in the Premier League. Add to that two goals in the Champions League and two in the FA Cup, and you have a total of 14 goals and six assists to reach double-digit attacking points.
Most notably, he reached the milestone of 100 Premier League goals this season. He is now the 34th player to score 100+ goals in the Premier League, the 14th foreigner and the first Asian player to do so.
However, Tottenham were not to have the last laugh. At the same time, seventh-placed Aston Villa beat Brighton 2-1, confirming Spurs’ final position in eighth place. This meant that Spurs were not invited to compete in Europe for the first time in 14 years after the 2008-2009 season.
With the Premier League title out of the question, and their last hope of qualifying for Europe, Spurs are set to have a busy transfer window this summer.
Speculation is already rife that ambitious star striker Kane will leave for a club that can compete for the title. Spurs are in the market for a new manager, and if Kane leaves, Son Heung-min will have to make a big change.
It will be interesting to see how Tottenham come out of this season’s disappointing results with a major restructuring.