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Son Heung-min: Tottenham star deserves wider recognition as ultimate team player delivers again

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A few minutes before son Heung-min let fly for that glorious second goal, Antonio Conte called the striker.

He would strip Son, especially as he wanted to give Steven Bergwijn more minutes.

The Korean then offered another spectacular moment. He curled the ball confidently into Kasper Schmeichel’s top corner, the ball wobbled just in front of the goal, whereby the only surprise with such a sensational shot was that it came with the left.

Then again, with Son, that’s not such a big surprise. Conte made that clear when he called him again.

Giving Son a tight hug at the end of the game, the Italian asked: “What’s your favorite foot, left or right?”

Son Heung-min celebrates Spurs’ third goal

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Conte admitted the Korean is one of the most two-footed forwards he has ever trained. It offers a dual threat to go with its dual storyline Harry Kane.

There is an irony in this, however. With all the focus on the duo as they added to their Premier League record of goals where they’ve linked, so much focus is on Kane.

The constant discussion about Tottenham Hotspur is whether the England striker could eventually leave and what he would do in that situation. Son is largely ignored in this regard.

What’s even weirder is that there wasn’t even that much interest in him.

Bayern Munich are among the few clubs who have expressed anything remotely serious interest – which is remarkable given Son’s performance. It’s not just because he’s so prolific and so productive.

Son Heung-Min celebrates with Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal

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It’s that he has a personal catalog of spectacular goals, each one special in different ways.

He might have his own personal competition. There was this against Leicester City, a similar sweeping try against Arsenal albeit on a different foot, the run against Burnley, the rebound to Watford, the smash against West Ham United… and those are just the most obvious examples.

He is truly a force in the modern Premier League, up there with Gareth Bale in terms of his contribution to Spurs, and is arguably the best player to have appeared in Asian competition.

That’s quite an honor, but he’s quite a player.

What’s even more odd is the lack of enthusiasm about him outside of Spurs. Part of that may be due to the kind of personality Son is that helps make him such a good player.

He is so diligent and diligently focused on his game, the ultimate pro. He has no entourage and no one around him agitating for movements.

Son is certainly not a “jouer instagram”, as Conte is said to have mentioned in his alleged negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min celebrates

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There were a few other scathing comments from the Italian after Spurs’ 3-1 win over Leicester City.

He stressed that given the situation in November it was “an achievement” for the club to even be fighting for a place in the Champions League. In other words, no matter what, he was a success. There’s actually a fair argument for it, despite all the excitement surrounding Conte’s own agitation.

Add to that the fact that he’s clearly trying to push the team forward. Another insightful comment came after a long elaboration on Son’s qualities.

“At the end of the season it’s important to celebrate a great success with the team, otherwise scoring so many great goals will just be a personal achievement.”

No one could ever criticize Son for not being a team player or any kind of individualist. He raised Spurs again that game.

Not for the first time, Conte’s message felt like it was for the good of the entire club. It’s just as well that they have a son.

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