In an interview with SpursPlay (19/02/23), Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies has commented on the form of Heung-min Son and tried to explain why the South Korean star has struggled this season.
Son was Tottenham’s leading goalscorer last season, bagging 24 goals across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
All but one of those goals came in the Premier League, earning Son a share of the Golden Boot award with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
It’s been a stark contrast this year for Son, who has just eight goals in all competitions this term (Transfermarkt). To make matters worse, he has scored in just five games throughout the campaign.
The 30-year-old has looked a shadow of his former self at times, appearing reluctant to take players on, unable to link up with Harry Kane as effectively as he has in the past, and lacking a clinical edge in front of goal. It has seen many call for the player to be dropped from the starting line-up.
That’s exactly what happened for the West Ham game at the weekend, with Son coming off the bench to score the second goal of the game. In an attempt to explain what’s going on with his teammate this season, Davies insisted Son has just been unlucky.
He said: “Sonny is a player that doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. Time after time, he’s done it. He’s got 98 Premier League goals now and you don’t get that without being a top player.
“The more we can get him in the right positions, he can show how clinical he is. He hasn’t scored many but that’s what you get when you set standards so high. You don’t always get the rub of the green. Everyone is delighted for him.”
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Sonny was always going to struggle to live up to what he achieved last season, and it has been difficult to watch him at times this season.
But, he has shown flashes of his brilliance still, and hopefully he can push on for the back half of the campaign and deliver more goals. He flourished in the latter stages of last season, so let’s see if he can repeat that.
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