“Shocking” → “Responding with a score” SON in crisis, ’22 minutes’ turned criticism into praise

Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) is strong in times of crisis. In his second substitute appearance of the season, he turned the attention of the public with another scoring shot. 

Tottenham beat West Ham United 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 20th (Korean time) in the 24th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season. Tottenham (42 points), who had previously lost two matches in a row, reversed the atmosphere and overtook Newcastle United (41 points) to rank fourth in the league.

Tottenham head coach Christian Stellini talked about the possibility of Son Heung-min being excluded from the start ahead of the match against West Ham. In fact, Son Heung-min started on the bench, and Hischarlisson took his place. Tottenham, who led the game from the first half, took the lead with Emerson Royal’s goal in the 11th minute of the second half. 

Son Heung-min stepped on the ground in place of Hischarlisson in the 22nd minute of the second half. He fired the scorer after 5 minutes as a substitute. Son Heung-min, who received an infiltrating pass from ‘partner’ Harry Kane, had a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper, and split the net with a calm right-footed inside shot. His 5th league goal this season. Although he played an active role as a substitute, the impact was overwhelming. 

Starting with the match against West Ham, the gaze toward Son Heung-min changed again. Before the game against West Ham, there was a suspicious look towards Son Heung-min. Heung-Min Son has been silent for 5 consecutive league games after tasting the goal against Crystal Palace on the 5th of last month. AC Milan and the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League on the 15th also continued to be sluggish and watched the team’s defeat. 

At the time, football expert Jamie Ohara from Tottenham said, “The recent appearance of some Tottenham players is definitely shocking,” and “What the hell happened to Son Heung-min? not as good as before It is nonsense,” he criticized. Son Heung-min also bowed his head in his recent interview, acknowledging the criticism directed at him, saying, “I’m sorry for the team, fans, and club.”

Another crisis came, but Son Heung-min was strong. After failing to score goals in six consecutive league matches at the beginning of the season온라인바카라, he scored a hat-trick as a substitute in the seventh match against Leicester City, erasing public concerns. This time, even with a short playing time of 22 minutes, it left a strong impression with a concise finish after penetration, which is a proprietary patent. 

British media Football London said, “(Son Heung-min) reacted with another goal for being named on the bench. After seeing Kane’s pass, I ran and hit a shot after a great touch.” It was the second highest score after Emerson (9 points), the protagonist of the winning goal. Son Heung-min was also selected as the ‘Man of the Match (MOM)’ selected by fans directly after the game. 

Head coach Stellini showed unwavering faith in Son Heung-min. After the game, he said, “The timing of putting Son Heung-min on the bench was important. When there is space, Son Heung-min shows amazing performance. We tried to use Son Heung-min that way. I am happy that Son Heung-min scored a goal.”

EPL’s legendary striker Robbie Keane told Sky Sports, “Son Heung-min, who was one of the best players in the EPL last season, is struggling this season.” built

Son Heung-min, who succeeded in reversing the atmosphere, was not excited. “Not all players want to sit on the bench, but when I’m sitting there, I think about how I can help the team,” he told the BBC. “I know I can do much better. I want to get better. I want to do better at the things I haven’t been able to do yet.” 

Meanwhile, Son Heung-min was racially discriminated against by West Ham fans on social media. Tottenham made an official statement saying they would take strong action.

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