Heung-min Son has opened up on his his discreet celebrations after netting a 13-minute hat-trick against Leicester City in Tottenham’s emphatic 6-2 win over the Foxes. The Premier League encounter between the two was nothing short of a thriller as the fans witnessed 8 goals throughout the 90 minutes. As Brendan Rodgers’ side faced their sixth defeat of the season, Antonio Conte steered Spurs to third spot in the table, level on points with Manchester City and a point behind leaders Arsenal.
Conte benched Son for this clash as he went ahead with Kulusevski-Kane-Richarlison in attack. With Tottenham hanging on to a narrow lead of a goal, the South Korean came-off the bench on the hour mark and finished-off the game in style, scoring three goals in thirteen minutes, which also were his first goals this season. While the fans expected jubilant celebrations from their 30-year-old attacker, Son rather chose to keep clam despite netting a hat-trick.
Heung-min Son ‘performance-wise disappointed’ with himself
Heung-min Son may have netted a brilliant hat-trick against Leicester, but it was also worth mentioning that those were the 30-year-old’s first goals this season. The winger has featured in Spurs’ 9 out of 9 games so far, but only opened his account for the season in the last game against Leicester. While his gaffer Antonio Conte has never doubted his winger’s abilities, Son himself revealed that he was not happy with his displays this season so far.
Premier League Golden boot winner from last season, it took Heung-min Son seven games this campaign to net a goal. Throughout those seven appearances as well, his numbers have been mediocre this season. The winger had only 7 shots on target and completed a single take-on prior to facing the Foxes. Conte benching the South Korean against a team already having endured five defeats in six games was further demoralising for him.
As a result, Heung-min Son who is known for some lively and animated celebrations chose to have muted ones after coming-off the bench and scoring a hat-trick. Explaining his choice to not commemorate his hat-trick through some ‘fancy’ celebrations, Son revealed:
“I just wasn’t happy with my chances and performance-wise I was not happy and I was disappointed with myself. Look, I’m born loving football and I am still in love with football. I think about football. I’m an attacking player and when I’m not scoring I’m not happy. How can I be happy if I have an unbelievable opportunity to score or make the chances?
“If I’m happy and I’m not scoring, I probably wouldn’t be here. Sometimes when I go home, even if we’ve won the game. I’m still sad because my performance wasn’t good, there are things I can do better and the mistakes I made because I missed the chances. I’m always thinking about football because I made it here and this is the way I am here. I still love football even in the tough moments and this is why I am here.”
The Spurs player has every reason to be brutal about his displays so far this season, given he has managed only 3 in 9 games. Son racked up a massive 24 goals goals and 10 assists in 45 games last season, and will certainly be hoping to emulate those exploits or even surpass them. He will now head into the international break with South Korea, leading his nation in friendlies against Costa Rica and Cameroon, before the FIFA World Cup in two months time.