Harry Kane has lavished praise on Son Heung-min after he netted his 100th Premier League goal, admitting that his strike partner is fully deserving of the milestone.
Son has not lived up to his own high standards so far this season, which has perhaps been one of the reasons why Tottenham have performed below expectations.
Despite that, the South Korean has continued to demonstrate his world-class ball-striking ability on the odd occasion, which was the case on Saturday against Brighton.
The 30-year-old netted Tottenham’s opener with a brilliant strike into the far corner from over 20 yards out, which is something that Spurs fans have become accustomed to seeing from him over the years.
The goal was Son’s eighth in the league this season and also meant that he became the 34th player to be inducted into the Premier League 100 club.
Kane was over the moon for his teammate on the back of the achievement, admitting that it has been a pleasure to play alongside him for so many years.
When asked about Son’s milestone, the 29-year-old told Spurs Play: “Unbelievable and what a goal to do it as well.
“Extremely proud of him, we’ve known each other for a long time now and I’ve been there to see all of his goals. Full credit to him.
“He works so hard behind the scenes, really good guy. That finish today was really, really special. He should be proud and we’re proud of him, hopefully, he celebrates it today.
“He is [a joy to be around]. He just brings a good energy, brings energy around the training ground even when things aren’t going so well.
“You can count on him to get everyone going and even on the pitch, the way he presses, the way he runs with the ball.
“He’s just an exciting player and I’ve been lucky enough to play with him for a while now and hopefully we can both have a strong finish to the season.”
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This is quite an achievement for Son, whose 0.38 goals per game ratio is better than quite a few out-and-out strikers in the 100 club, including the likes of Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Dwight Yorke, and Nicholas Anelka.
Given how well Son looks after himself, I see him continuing to play at the top level until his mid-thirties. He thus stands a decent chance of getting into the 150 club, which is far more exclusive.
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