Son Heung-min aiming to make Premier League history against Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min might earn a slice of Premier League history when the Lilywhites lock horns with Southampton in Saturday’s top-flight battle at St Mary’s.
The 30-year-old’s powers have waned throughout a difficult 2022-23 season for Antonio Conte‘s aspect, however he has nonetheless managed 10 targets and three assists from 36 appearances in all tournaments.
Son has struck six targets in 25 Premier League contests, however 4 of these efforts have come in its place, together with a 13-minute hat-trick against Leicester City again in October.
The South Korea worldwide has simply two top-flight strikes to his title from the primary whistle this season, though a type of got here in final weekend’s 3-1 success over Nottingham Forest.
Son will now be anticipated to hold his place within the first XI for Saturday’s journey to Southampton, and he wants only one extra aim to hit a private and Premier League milestone.
Ought to Son make the web ripple at St Mary’s, the attacker will convey up 100 Premier League targets, having struck his 99th within the win over Forest final weekend.
No Asian participant has ever scored 100 Premier League targets earlier than, and the ex-Bayer Leverkusen man has additionally supplied 55 assists in his 257 English top-flight video games to this point.
Son has seldom been ready to hyperlink up with lethal double act associate Harry Kane this season, however Spurs’ all-time file goalscorer is not any stranger to success against Southampton and can little doubt assist the South Korea worldwide in his quest.
Kane has a complete of 11 targets and 6 assists to present from 15 Premier League video games against Southampton – solely against Leicester City does he have extra top-flight contributions – and his future was unsurprisingly a significant speaking level in Conte’s pre-game press convention.
The England captain is out of contract in 2024 as Manchester United and Bayern Munich monitor developments, however Conte believes that Spurs need to hold maintain of his companies for the remainder of his profession.
“For certain, the membership needs to contain Harry Kane for the remainder of his profession for my part. As a result of when you’ve one of these participant, a world class striker like him, for certain you need him to keep right here for the remainder of his profession,” Conte instructed the press.
“However then you realize soccer, you realize soccer. Typically it is unpredictable however I feel it is not in my job to make a call. This can be a choice for the membership and for Harry.”
Spurs maintain a four-point benefit over Newcastle United within the closing Champions League spot – albeit having performed two video games extra – however Conte’s aspect haven’t been away-day specialists in current weeks, shedding every of their final 4 on the street in all tournaments.
Leicester City, AC Milan, Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all despatched Spurs again to North London empty-handed not too long ago, and never since Might 2019 have the Lilywhites misplaced 5 successive away video games.
In the meantime, having gone down 1-0 to Milan, Sheffield United and Wolves, Spurs are additionally liable to shedding 4 successive away video games with out scoring for the primary time in 40 years, having additionally suffered such a depressing streak in January 1983.