Son Heung-min’s (Tottenham) 10th league goal brought a smile to the face of Germany national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
Son scored a penalty and provided two assists in Tottenham’s 4-1 home win over Newcastle in the 16th round of the English Professional Soccer Premier League (EPL) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, on Nov. 11 (KST).
Son now has 10 goals and four assists in 16 league games.
The 31-year-old “veteran” has earned the captain’s armband for both his club and national teams, and is third in the EPL in goals this season, with a scoring pace that rivals that of his 20s.
He scored 23 goals and added seven assists in the 2021-2022 season, when he was the EPL’s top scorer.
Back then, he didn’t reach 10 goals until the 27th round, and this season he’s already reached double digits in 16 games.
This is second only to his 2020-2021 season, when he scored four goals in one game and reached the 10-goal mark in 11 rounds.
Son has been leading the offense for both his club and the national team, sometimes with goals and sometimes with assists.
Since Klinsmann’s arrival, Son has shown “captain’s quality” with six goals and two assists in eight A-match appearances.
Despite the growing number of players playing in the big leagues, Son is still Klinsmann’s best weapon.
With the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup kicking off on January 13 in Doha, Qatar, the peak goal-scoring form of Son Heung-min is good news for Klinsmann’s team.
In addition, Hwang In-beom (Zvezda), Hong Hyun-seok (Gent) and other midfielders of Klinsmann’s team are also aiming for the Asian Cup with a taste for goals in their respective leagues.
Hwang In-bum exploded for his debut goal in the Serbian league on Oct. 10.
It was his first goal in about eight months since the second leg of the 2022-2023 Greek Cup semifinals in April while playing for Olympiakos (Greece).
Hong Hyun-seok, who had been injured, also showed that he still has a keen eye for goal, scoring his third league goal in three games after returning to action.
Lee Kang-in, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) this season, has been a consistent starter and full-time player in league matches.
With his sharp kicking ability, he has become PSG’s designated kicker for free kicks and corner kicks.
With the Asian Cup coming up in about a month, Klinsmann will be watching the overseas players with a smile on his face as he attempts to win the tournament for the first time in 64 years. 메이저 토토사이트