“SON position will be changed” Acting manager Stellini’s declaration, Son Heung-min, aiming for ‘2 goals in a row + 101 goals’ in front of coach Klinsman
Will there be a change in Tottenham’s ‘SON usage’?
Tottenham will play round 31 of the English Premier League in the 2022-2023 season against Bournemouth at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England at 11:00 pm (Korean time) on the 15th. Tottenham are currently in 5th place with 53 points (16 wins, 5 draws, 9 losses). The difference between them and 4th place Manchester United (56 points) is 3 points. However, Tottenham played 30 games and Manchester United played 29 games. It should be taken into account that it is actually 6 points. In order to finish fourth, where tickets to the European Champions League are given, Bournemouth in 15th place must be caught. Tottenham, who drew 1-1 with Everton, once again saved their hopes by beating Brighton 2-1 in the last round.
The center of victory against Brighton was definitely Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min scored a goal to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of the first half against Brighton. Son Heung-min, who started as Tottenham’s left striker, shook the net with a sharp right-footed kick from the left side of the penalty arc after receiving a pass from Ivan Perisic. This goal was Son Heung-min’s 100th goal in his 260th EPL game.
Son Heung-min, who left Leverkusen in Germany in August 2015 and wore a Tottenham uniform, wrote this record in his eighth season on the English stage. After scoring his EPL debut goal on September 20, 2015, he reached his 100th goal in 2757 days. So far, Son Heung-min is the 34th player to have scored more than 100 goals in the EPL안전놀이터, the 14th non-English player, and the first Asian player ever. With this score, Son Heung-min moved up to 33rd in EPL career scoring with Matthew Letisier (retired).
When Son Heung-min came back to life, Tottenham’s attack also came to life. Son Heung-min is showing a somewhat disappointing appearance this season. He had one of his best years last season, finishing as top scorer, but has scored just seven goals in the league all season. Of course, various injuries including orbital fractures and the aftermath of the World Cup in Qatar are cited as the causes, but experts and fans mainly point to Tottenham’s tactics as the key reason for Son Heung-min’s sluggish performance. Tottenham is using Son Heung-min as a midfielder after signing Perisic. If you look at Son Heung-min’s heat map, he is too far from where he could score a goal.
Tottenham had a lot of fun over the past few years with a strategy to take down Harry Kane and infiltrate Son Heung-min. But this season is different. In particular, the so-called ‘Son Heung-min-zone’ score decreased noticeably. Son Heung-min’s trademark is a sophisticated shot that is wrapped with both feet from the left and right outside the penalty box. This shooting, digging into the center from the side and hitting it, is unstoppable even if you know it. However, this season, as I played from the bottom, it was difficult to even sit in the ‘Son Heung-min Zone’, let alone try to shoot. Perisic is playing in a much higher position than Heung-Min Son, but it is difficult to compare with Heung-Min Son in terms of finishing.
Son Heung-min also said, “I was able to try to penetrate Brighton in a position I like. So I think the performance was good.” said. This is an indirect expression of tactical regret. Evening Standard reporter Dan Kilpatrick said:
Tottenham’s acting manager, Christian Stellini, also seemed aware of the problem. At the official press conference before the game, coach Stellini said, “We have to play 8 matches like the final. We have to play attacking football. We have to try to create more opportunities.” said. At the same time, “We need to find a solution so that all players, such as Son Heung-min, Kane, wingback, Klusevski, and Danjuma, can create chances. We need to understand the characteristics of the players and maximize (ability). We have to do what Min showed us,” he said.
From Son Heung-min’s point of view, this match is special. It is the first match that Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of the national team A, has intuited after taking office. Coach Klinsman, who finished the A match in March, boarded a plane to Europe on the 14th. He wants to check the European faction. The beginning of the journey is ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min. Coach Klinsmann plans to check Son Heung-min’s condition while watching the match against Bournemouth. In particular, as coach Klinsman is from Tottenham Legend, it is expected to attract attention in many ways, even overlapping with the fact that it is his long-time visit to his parent team. Coach Klinsman congratulated his junior Son Heung-min on his 100th goal through social media.Director Klinsman will move to Kilmarnock, Scotland on the 16th. Watching the match between Kilmarnock and Celtic, we will see Oh Hyun-kyu, who is attracting attention as the national team’s new striker. On the 19th, we will move to Naples, Italy. He meets Minjae Kim. I was scheduled to watch the second leg of the quarterfinals of the European Champions League between Napoli and AC Milan, but unfortunately, Kim Min-jae’s absence was confirmed due to the accumulation of warnings. Lastly, coach Klinsmann, who is going to his home country Germany, comes to see the Korean Bundesliga. On the 22nd, Lee Jae-seong is playing Mainz and Bayern Munich