Jose Mourinho praised Son Heung-min after Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Leeds United on Saturday while seemingly taking a dig at Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, noting that the South Korean does not rely on penalties for his goals.
Son once again got on the scoresheet against Leeds as he swept home a Harry Kane cross, guiding it into the bottom corner.
That was the South Korean’s 12th goal of the season in the Premier League and 15th in all competitions (transfermarkt.com). Son is also currently sitting just one behind Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.
The 28-year-old has taken his game to a new level this campaign and could be on course to have the best season of his career statistically if he keeps it up.
When asked about Son after the win on Saturday, Mourinho praised the type of person the forward is and pointed out that he is racking up goals despite not being on penalty duty.
The Spurs boss told BT Sport: “I think we all have to explain to people the person he is, too.
“To get the Puskas award, to be scoring 100 goals for Tottenham and to be maybe in the top three Premier League scorers without penalties.
“Some players score 10 goals a season on penalties and I’m not speaking about Harry Kane, by the way.
“I’m so happy for Son.”
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The media is reporting this as a dig at Fernandes but in reality, Mourinho does not even mention the Manchester United star’s name and is just stating a fact. To be up there in the race for the golden boot without taking penalties is quite an achievement, considering the fact that the top eight goalscorers this season are all penalty takers for their club.
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