Son Heung-Min has placed his name in the Premier League history books with the brace he scored for Tottenham against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Tottenham managed to squeeze past Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday with a stoppage-time winner from Son Heung-Min.
For Tottenham, the three points they claimed against Aston Villa puts them one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but there is one more headline that deserves attention.
Son Heung-Min’s brace against the Villans saw his name enter the Premier League history books. With his goals at Villa Park, the South Korean star became the first Asian player to ever score 50 goals in the Premier League.
Son is a quality player who is recognized as a one of the best players in England and in Europe, so it comes as no surprise to see him be the player to set this record.
What is more impressive about this record is the fact that it only took Son 151 games to score 51 goals in the top flight. The South Korean international joined Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and has averaged just under 11 goals per season.
This term, Son already has nine goals to his name and needs six more goals to break his season-high of 14 goals, which he set back in the 2016-17 campaign.
The injury to Harry Kane has placed a ceiling on Tottenham’s offensive production and this is reflected in some of their recent games in which they dropped precious points against inferior opponents, but Son has been a savior for Jose Mourinho’s team.
Four of Son’s nine goals this season were scored in Tottenham’s last three games against Aston Villa (3-2 win), Manchester City (2-0 win) and Norwich City (2-1 win).
This resurgence from their primary attacking midfielder has been the key to Tottenham’s ability to quickly climb the table and knock on the door of the top four.
The 27-year-old is currently in his prime and Tottenham are getting the best possible output from their main man in midfield.
As great as this new record is for Son, it is even more important for young players across Asia. Son’s record in the Premier League serves as a reminder for younger generations in Asia that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.
As a neutral fan, my hat goes off to Son for reaching this historic milestone and I hope to see him score 100 Premier League goals before the end of his career.