Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Heung-Min Son: Europe’s Most Underrated Player This Season?

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When talking about some of the best players in Europe, the usual suspects are often mentioned. People mention Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Mohamed Salah… and several others worth sitting at the top of the echelon. But one name that tends to be forgotten is the one of Heung-Min Son.

The Tottenham star has been nothing short of amazing this season. But what does he have to do to get more credit? That’s one tough question to answer. But if we look at what the South Korea international has done across the current term, we can conclude one thing. Undoubtedly, Son has been one of the most underrated players across the top European leagues in the 2018-19 season.

The numbers don’t lie…

We only need to take a quick look at what Son has done in recent weeks to further enhance his candidacy as one of the top players in Europe this season. The 26-year-old has scored in each of his last four appearances for the Spurs in all competitions since returning from the Asian Cup. His goals were not “filler” goals, though. Son scored the draw against Watford (2-1), the winning goal against Newcastle (1-0), the closing goal against Leicester (3-1) and the opening strike against Dortmund (3-0) in the Champions League.

This run hasn’t been a post-AFC Cup thing, though. Even before departing for the international tournament, Son was already creating havoc for the Spurs upfront. The Korean scored seven goals in 10 appearances (all competitions) between December 11th and January 13th. That kind of form screams for more recognition from the masses.

What does the future hold for him?

It’s hard to see what will happen with Son during the rest of the season. Even though he has a huge role within the club right now, there’s a chance the increased importance is related to the fact that both Dele Alli and Harry Kane are both out. When the two English internationals return to the side, there’s a chance that Son won’t be as “key” as he’s been for the Spurs of late.

However, his form needs to be recognized. He has 11 goals in 20 Premier League outings, as well as well as four in five domestic cup matches and one in seven Champions League matches. Count all up, and we have Son scoring 16 times in 32 games. That 0.5 goal-per-game average is very good for a striker, and it’s even better for Son, who’s a wide player by nature.

The Korean might leave for greener pastures once the current season ends. Or he might stay with Tottenham looking to bolster the squad for the 2019-20 season. But one thing is certain. Son has been impressive during the current term. And both due to his numbers and his play, the South Korean has been one of the most underrated players in Europe this term.


Juan Pablo Aravena

A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.



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