Tim Sherwood has lavished praise on Son Heung-min after the forward scored his 100th Premier League goal on Saturday and remarked that the Tottenham hierarchy deserves praise for keeping him at the club for so long.

Son has not delivered the sort of numbers that were expected of him this season but the South Korean has still managed 15 goal contributions across all competitions (Transfermarkt), which perhaps shows the high standards he has set for himself.

Heung-min Son

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The 30-year-old became the 23rd player to enter the Premier League 100 goal club on Saturday, producing a typically brilliant curled effort into the top corner from around 20 yards out.

Sherwood praised the Tottenham man for the impact he has had both on and off the pitch since arriving at the club almost eight years ago.

The former Spurs interim head coach told PL Productions (10/04/23 at 2:35 pm): “It’s just amazing. The goals that he scores aren’t tap-ins – the Burnley goal was the goal of the season.

“You send him on his right foot, and he can hit them with his left, but people don’t know where to send him.

“But it’s just a credit to the football club and a great example to all the young players coming through.

“He works so hard. The humanity of the man. He is just a fantastic leader. He is a real leader of that football club.”

Sherwood added that Tottenham’s recruitment around the time of Son’s arrival was commendable and praised Daniel Levy for hanging on to the player for as long as he has.

He added: “It’s incredible. If it was down to Daniel (Levy), then he has done a good job persuading him to stay.

“He is one of the best trainers you are ever going to see – we didn’t have that good of a player when I was there (in response to if he managed Son). 

“I have been critical of their recruitment over the years, but they have certainly been getting it right around this time. Alderweireld was coming in as well. He was another great servant to the club.”

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Levy is certainly deserving of criticism for a lot of the decisions he has made over the past few years.

However, the one thing he needs to be praised for is his unwavering determination to hold on to Tottenham’s best players unless it is impossible to do so.

The Spurs chairman has often opted not to sell top players to Premier League rivals, even if it came as a financial blow to the club and I would not be surprised if he does the same with Kane this summer.

However, in Son’s case, it has seemingly not been hard at all for Levy and the Spurs board to hang on to him as the South Korean clearly loves the club and has too much loyalty to simply jump ship in order to add some trophies to his cabinet.

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