English Professional Football Premier League (EPL) Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min (pictured) is quick and sharp returned to its former form. And Tottenham found a way to use Son Heung-min.
Son Heung-min started scoring against Brighton and Hove Albion on the 8th메이저사이트 (Korean time) and then against AFC Bournemouth on the 15th. Son Heung-min’s 7th and 8th EPL goals this season. It is the first time this season that Son Heung-min shook the goal in two consecutive games. Last season, Son Heung-min scored three consecutive goals, two of which were in three consecutive games. Son Heung-min had a hard time due to Tottenham’s tactical change this season and an orbital fracture injury in November last year, but he regained the ‘feel’ that was the EPL top scorer last season by advancing his position and recovering his condition.
The biggest reason Son Heung-min has changed recently is the change in tactics. Former head coach Antonio Conte put Son Heung-min down to the side-back this season and demanded active participation in the defense. Since most of Son Heung-min’s starting positions were deep in Tottenham’s camp, Son Heung-min’s breakthrough during the counterattack did not work. On the other hand, acting coach Christian Stellini, who took over the baton after Conte left at the end of last month, promoted Son Heung-min to a level similar to that of striker Harry Kane, and ordered him to focus on offense while relieving the burden of defense.
Looking at Son Heung-min’s heat map (displaying the touch situation during the game in the form of heat distribution, ①, ②) in the two games coach Conte coached just before leaving Tottenham, Son Heung-min mainly works on the left flank and is deep in the Tottenham camp and the opponent’s camp. moved mainly. On the other hand, in front of the door and around the arc, his presence is minimal. However, in the heat map (③, ④) of the last two games led by Acting Manager Stellini, especially against Bournemouth, where Son Heung-min showed off his best performance, Son Heung-min’s position has advanced a little further, and the area around the gate and arc stands out.
Son Heung-min has been controversial throughout this season due to overlapping movements with left wingback Ivan Perisic. This is because Son Heung-min and Perisic were unable to attack effectively due to overlapping positions during the game, and Son Heung-min was sacrificed for Perisic’s side penetration. However, the controversy was completely resolved in the system of acting coach Stellini, and rather boasts excellent chemistry. Son Heung-min’s last two consecutive goals were all helped by Perisic. As the problem of Son Heung-min and Perishi’s movement is resolved, the expected synergy effect appears to be coming out properly. Son Heung-min, in particular, regained his confidence while shaking off his injuries. When his form is not perfect, Son Heung-min’s long-term winding kick did not work, but recently it is different. When he scored against Brighton, Son Heung-min kicked it with his right foot from the left side of the arc, and the ball split the net after drawing a perfect curve. Son Heung-min, who is good at using both feet, scored with a kick around the arc, so the left and right sides of the arc are called ‘Son Heung-min Zone’. Football London, a British media, commented on Son Heung-min, who scored two goals in a row, that he “showed a confident appearance again.”
Expectations are also growing for Son Heung-min, who is writing 8 goals, to score 10 points in the EPL for 7 consecutive seasons. Tottenham’s remaining games are only 7, but Son Heung-min’s driving ability and recent goal sense seem to be enough. Son Heung-min scored 4 goals in the 2015-2016 season, the first season of entering the EPL, but scored 14 goals in the 2016-2017 season, 12 goals in the 2017-2018 season, 12 goals in the 2018-2019 season, 11 goals in the 2019-2020 season, and 17 goals in the 2020-2021 season. Goal, left 23 goals in the 2021-2022 season.