“You saw today, that’s a leader and a captain!” Premier League pundit is ‘blown away’ by Son Heung-min’s form

December 5, 2023 | by

Former Liverpool pundit Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Son Heung-min.

Tottenham Hotspur drew 3-3 with Manchester City in the 14th round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, at 1:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and left Tottenham (27 points) in fifth place.

Captain Son Heung-min opened the scoring with a thunderous breakaway in the early hours. But the celebrations were short-lived. An unfortunate own goal from a danger-zone set-piece left him hanging his head. In the second half, Son worked tirelessly up front to make up for his mistake.

He may have been shaky, but he didn’t give up. Tottenham were being dragged down by City. Heung-min helped Giovani Lo Celso equalize with a simple pass. In the remaining minutes, City took the lead through Jack Grealish, but Tottenham held on for a draw through a Dejan Kulusebski theater goal.

Despite his unfortunate own goal, Son Heung-min received high praise. Soccer statistics outlet Couch Score gave Son an 8. It was the highest score for any Tottenham player, and the only one in the 8-point range. Heung-min’s valuable ninth goal of the league moved him into third place in the league scoring charts.

Liverpool legend and outspoken pundit Carragher, who has been a commentator since retiring, also praised Son. “He had a very good game and Carragher was impressed,” he said, according to the UK’s Boot Room. “Everyone saw Heung-min today, he never stopped running,” Carragher said. That’s a leader and a captain.”

Son gave credit to teammate Kulusebski: “I think with 10 minutes to go, 2-2 to 2-3, everybody gives up, but I don’t think we gave up until the final whistle,” Son said, according to Boot Room. Brennan’s (Johnson) cross in the box was tremendous and Decky’s (Kulusebski) header was inaccurate, but I’m really proud of us, and I think this point will do a lot for our season. It’s an important point for everyone.” Tottenham bounced back with a valuable draw away to Man City.

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