Although Son failed to score in three consecutive games, he contributed to Tottenham’s victory.
Tottenham beat promoted team Luton Town 1-0 in the eighth round of the 2023-24 English Premier League (EPL) at Kenilworth Road in Luton, England on the 7th (Korea Standard Time).
Tottenham, which has won two consecutive games recently, has continued its unbeaten streak in the opening eight games (6 wins, 2 draws, 20 points), beating Manchester City (18 points), which will play eight rounds against Arsenal on the morning of the 9th.
Luton Town, on the other hand, has lost two in a row and is 17th out of 20 teams.
Son Heung-min, who played as a frontline striker, played 75 minutes until the 30th minute of the second half and was unable to accumulate any attack points.
A media outlet specializing in soccer statistics, Son Heung-min attempted to shoot three times. There was 1 effective shot. The ball was touched 31 times.
His rating was 6.82, the same as the team average, and he was 9th out of 11 starters. Defender Christian Romero shined the most, receiving 8.56.
Tottenham, who had been leading the game from the start, suffered a setback in the second half of the first half.
Tottenham’s Yves Bissouma, who received a yellow card in the 38th minute of the first half, received a second yellow card in extra time of the first half and was sent off due to accumulated warnings.
Tottenham, who finished the first half scoreless, took the lead early in the second half with a goal from central defender Mickey van der Pen.
During a corner kick situation in the 7th minute of the second half, James Madison cut to the right side of the goal area and gave up a pass, and Van der Pen, who participated in the attack, changed direction with his left foot from the right side of the goal area and opened the goal. It was the EPL debut goal of Vander Pen, who moved to Tottenham this season.
“On the bus to the stadium, Sonny (Son Heung-min) said, ‘Today you are going to score your first goal,’” van der Pen told TNT Sports. “I didn’t think so, but I said, ‘Maybe, who knows.’ “But now that we’ve scored the first goal, it’s perfect,” he said. Regarding overcoming the numerical inferiority and scoring three points, he said, “I think we showed great spirit as a team.”
Son Heung-min, who is playing with a groin injury, was replaced by Emerson Royal in the 30th minute of the second half.