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Tottenham’s Son named London Premier League POY

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Heung-Min Son is finally receiving some well deserved recognition in the individual awards categories.

At times overshadowed by teammates Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, Son was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the 2019 London Football Awards. To win the award, Son beat out Kane, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend.

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This season, Son scored 16 goals in 34 matches for Tottenham. This past year he’s represented South Korea at both the World Cup, Asian Games and Asian Cup. South Korea’s Asian Games win exempted him and his teammates from the standard compulsory military service required of all young adult South Koreans.

Son took another step up in January and February with both Kane and Alli missing in action. Son scored in four straight matches, all wins for Tottenham at home, including a 3-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund. Son has

Spurs thrash Bournemouth in hot pursuit of top-two

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  • Spurs make it five straight PL wins
  • Eriksen, Son, Lucas have 1H party (Kane joins later)
  • KWP assists the first three
  • Cherries lose for seventh time in nine

The busy festive period is off to a flying start for Tottenham Hotspur, who followed up Sunday’s 6-2 thrashing of Everton with a 5-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

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With Manchester City suddenly looking fallible, Tottenham have not only erased the gap between themselves and the defending Premier League champions, but moved one point clear into second place on Wednesday. Based on current form, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side might just be the greater threat to Liverpool’s six-point lead.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after 16 minutes, benefiting from a massive deflection on his shot from outside the penalty area. The Dane has now scored in three straight Premier League games, beginning with his stoppage-time winner against Burnley last week.

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Son Heung-min made it 2-0 just seven minutes later. Kyle Walker-Peters announced himself onto the stage as well, notching his second of three assists on the day by sneaking around Charlie Daniels as the Bournemouth defender couldn’t corral the ball 18 yards from goal. Walker-Peters slid the ball to Son, who needed just one touch to set up his shot from outside the box and beat Asmir Begovic.

Spurs found a third goal before halftime, as Walker-Peters picked out a late-arriving run by Lucas Moura. Walker-Peters broke down the right side of the penalty area and cut the ball back toward the penalty spot and the Brazilian guided it home with ease.

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With the goals flowing furiously at Wembley Stadium, Harry Kane had to get in on the action and take his tally to 12 on the PL season. This one was of particularly high quality, as Eriksen’s ball floated over Kane’s shoulder and required the most precise of redirections to beat Begovic inside the far post. Predictably, Kane got it just right.

Son got his second in the 70th minute, as Spurs refused to give up after Begovic and Co., denied them three times. Eventually, the ball fell to Son with an open net five yards in front of him.

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Son, Dele send Spurs past Leicester with ease

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  • Son (45’+1) curls a beauty for 1-0
  • Alli (58′) scores his 50th for Spurs
  • THFC return to 3rd; LCFC remain 9th

Tottenham Hotspur continue to play some of the most functional, if unattractive, soccer available in the Premier League — out of necessity — and Mauricio Pochettino‘s side continues to find ways to win ugly and keep pace in the top-four race.

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On Saturday, they managed to grind out a straightforward 2-0 victory away to Leicester City with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench for 72 and 66 of 90 minutes, respectively.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli did all the damage and bagged a goal apiece in an otherwise uneventful affair at the King Power Stadium.

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For 40 minutes, the two teams combined to register just two shots — not shots on target, but shots. Then came an offensive explosion from Tottenham — two shots in the final six minutes before halftime.

From the second of those came the game’s opening goal during stoppage time. Son cut inside from the right wing, flashed across the top of the Foxes’ box and uncorked a left-footed curler that left Kasper Schmeichel without a prayer.

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The second half began as brightly and fervently for Spurs, who enjoyed plenty of possession — just as they had in the first half — and began to squeeze the life out of game.

Alli made it 2-0 just before the hour mark, as he found himself unmarked at the back post and headed home Son’s floated cross to reach the 50-goal mark (all competitions) in a Spurs shirt.

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The result sees Spurs (36 points) reclaim third place after briefly dropping to fifth following victories by Chelsea and Arsenal (both on 34) earlier on Saturday, while Leicester (22) remain ninth in the PL table.

No rest for Spurs’ Son after World Cup, Asian Cup

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A grueling summer of soccer for Son Heung-min took in the World Cup in Russia, a preseason tour to the United States, then the Asian Games in Indonesia where he played six games in 18 days in stifling conditions.

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The South Korea superstar returned to Tottenham on Wednesday with a gold medal, an exemption from military service in his home country, and likely some tired legs.

Yet, the hard work doesn’t end there.

Son is faced with the tough task of battling back into the Tottenham team, with fellow winger Lucas Moura having excelled in his teammate’s absence during the last three matches in the English Premier League.

Moura’s three goals — two of which came against Manchester United at Old Trafford — helped him win the Premier League player of the month award for August, and handed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino something of a dilemma now Son is back.

Does Moura’s form give Pochettino the option of even giving Son a well-earned rest? After all, the winger has barely stopped since linking up with South Korea in late May for warm-up games ahead of the World Cup finals. As if he hadn’t played enough this summer, Son played almost every minute of the national team’s friendly games against Costa Rica and Chile over the past few days.

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It seems the 26-year-old Son doesn’t want that, though.

“Fatigue is an excuse,” Son said after the 0-0 draw with Chile on Tuesday.

Tottenham’s hectic upcoming schedule may require Pochettino to throw Son straight into action.

A home game against Liverpool on Saturday starts a run of seven fixtures in 22 days across three competitions for the London club. That includes the start of the Champions League and it’s hardly a slow introduction to the group stage: Spurs play Inter Milan and Barcelona in their first two matches.

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There’s a chance Son will not start against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – although the absence of Dele Alli because of a hamstring injury does leave an available spot in the forward line – but will return for the trip to Inter three days later.

Moura will not be easy to oust. The Brazilian has more goals than Harry Kane this season, often finding himself further forward than the England striker as he cuts in from the right wing. It seems to be a similar tactic to Liverpool, where right winger Mohamed Salah often plays in advance of central striker Roberto Firmino, who can drop deeper like Kane.

Son is coming off his best season for Tottenham, scoring 18 times in all competitions and proving as adept at filling in as a striker in the absence of Kane as playing in his usual position on the left wing.

Spurs 0-0 Swans: Finishing betrays hosts

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  • Spurs outshoot Swans
  • Fabianski outstanding in goal
  • Spurs sit fifth

Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski helped stymy dominant Tottenham Hotspur in a scoreless draw at Wembely Stadium on Saturday,

Tottenham sits fifth with eight points, while Swans move to 14th with five.

Spurs failed to build on this week’s home win over Borussia Dortmund, and remain winless in league play at Wembley.

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Harry Kane tore into a ninth-minute free kick, and it looked to be dipping inside the post when Lukasz Fabianski went horizontal to push it out for a corner kick.

Moussa Sissoko played Son Heung-min to the back post, but his near side effort was slapped away by Fabianski. If this was a harbinger of what was to come, get the ice bath ready for the Polish keeper.

Jan Vertonghen dribbled atop the 18, and Kyle Naughton fouled his former teammate to set up another dangerous free kick. Eric Dier‘s effort missed the mark.

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A pair of second-half penalty shouts went unheard in the first several minutes, as Spurs tried to find a way through Paul Clement‘s back line.

Another penalty shout came when Martin Olsson‘s flailing arm caught the ball in the 55th minute, but Mike Dean was again unmoved by the potential foul. Son was then twice denied by Fabianski before Harry Kane rattled the crossbar.

Fabianski robbed Kane off a 65th minute corner, continuing his brilliant day in North London. Kane then hit and 82nd minute drive wide of the near post.

Jordan Ayew chopped down Serge Aurier in the box late, but again no call from Dean.

Spurs kept knocking with Kieran Trippier lacing a shot wide of the goal after Tottenham’s 11th corner kick of the game came in stoppage time.