‘It’s a completely different type of profile, somewhere between a No. 9 and a No. 7.’ That’s what an authoritative British media outlet has to say about center forward-turned-Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min.
On Feb. 2 (KST), sports media outlet The Athletic compared Son to Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) and hailed him as a new type of striker with a new style.
Son has six goals through seven rounds of the 2023-2024 Premier League season. A hat trick against Burnley in Round 4, two against Arsenal in Round 6, and one against Liverpool in Round 7. The fact that he exploded for back-to-back goals against top teams is encouraging.
Most importantly, Son’s goals have not been the result of flukes, mistakes, or counterattacks, but rather the result of movement and pressure. 토토사이트
Son has started this season as a left winger. With center forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggling, Tottenham manager Angie Postecoglou pulled out a trump card that had been waiting in the wings. Central Son. Son Heung-min has been playing up front since the Burnley game, which means he’s scored six goals in four games up front.
In fact, playing Son in the center of the field seemed like a risky move for a player who has spent his entire career as a winger. Tottenham sold Kane to Munich in August and didn’t buy a replacement striker. It’s safe to say they only had one legitimate center-forward in the squad. With his silence, it looked like Tottenham were playing Son Heung-min in the center simply because they had no other option.
But Postecoglu’s judgment was spot-on. It was a stroke of genius.
‘His finishing ability is comparable to Kane’s and his speed is better than Kane’s,’ Diageo said tongue-in-cheek.
Kane is one of the best strikers in the Premier League because he combines his goal-scoring ability with his ability to distribute the ball from the second line as a No. 10 playmaker.
Son Heung-min lacks the creative No. 10 talent, but he makes up for it with his movement. Luckily, Tottenham have a great playmaker in James Maddison. With his activity, Son draws defenders in and drives them into the opposition half, creating space for Maddison to operate freely.
This means that Son often creates the offense without actually carrying the ball himself. He’s more of a traditional No. 9 than Kane.
Athletic says, “Kane is a 9 and a 10. Suitable for link-up play. When playing for Tottenham, he averaged 0.92 play/through ball conversions per 90 minutes. Son averages just 0.32. It’s not a false nine at all, it’s a whole new profile, somewhere between a number nine and a number seven.