Son Heung-min was proudly named to the Best Eleven in September ratings.
Football statistics media ‘WhoScored.com’ announced the Premier League (PL) rating best eleven for September 2023-24 season through its official SNS channel on the 1st (Korean time). The formation is 4-4-2.
September was Son Heung-min’s month. Son Heung-min succeeded in scoring his best goal of the season in the 4th round of the PL against Burnley held on the 2nd of last month. From that game onwards, coach Enze Postecoglou placed Son Heung-min at the front line. The effect was very good. Son Heung-min scored his first goal of the season in the 16th minute of the first half of the day, and scored a hat-trick by hitting the net in the 18th and 21st minutes of the second half.
It was Son Heung-min’s fourth hat trick in his PL career. Son Heung-min scored three or more goals in one game for the first time against Southampton in September 2020, and showed off his explosive power against Aston Villa in April 2022, Leicester City in September 2022, and Burnley in September 2023.
Son Heung-min continued his performance. In the match against Arsenal held on the 24th of last month, he scored multiple goals. On this day, Son Heung-min, who was also a frontline striker, silenced the Emirates Stadium by scoring on both of James Madison’s passes.
With multiple goals on this day, Son Heung-min entered the history of the North London derby. According to soccer statistics media ‘Squawka’, Son Heung-min became the player to score more goals in the North London derby than Gareth Bale, Thierry Henry, and Robin van Persie. Son Heung-min scored 7 goals and 5 assists against Arsenal.
The only players who were stronger in the North London derby than Son Heung-min were Harry Kane, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Robert Pires. Attention is focused on whether Son Heung-min can overcome them against Arsenal in the remainder of his career. Kane scored 14 goals against Arsenal.
Another piece of history was also created. According to soccer statistics media ‘OPTA’, Son Heung-min became the first Tottenham player to score two goals against Arsenal after Tottenham’s John Hendry scored multiple goals against Arsenal in the PL in May 1993. At the time Hendry scored multiple goals against Arsenal, the stadium was Highbury Stadium, not the Emirates. Therefore, Son Heung-min is the only Tottenham player to score multiple goals at the Emirates Stadium, which opened in July 2006.
He scored consecutive goals in the first two games of the season. Son Heung-min contributed to the team’s victory by scoring the first goal in the match against Liverpool held on the 1st. Son Heung-min contributed to the team’s victory by scoring his sixth league goal and 200th European goal. Son Heung-min first began to make a name for himself when he debuted for Hamburg in the 2010-11 season, scoring his first goal on his debut for the club. Son Heung-min played for Hamburg for three seasons, scoring 20 goals in 78 games. Afterwards, he scored 29 goals in 87 games for Leverkusen. Entering his 9th season at Tottenham, he scored 151 goals, reaching a total of 200 goals.
It ranks 6th in history. The player who has scored the most goals in a Tottenham uniform so far is Harry Kane. Kane scored 280 goals. Following him, Jimmy Greaves, who played for Tottenham from 1961 to 1970, ranks second with 266 goals. Third place is Bobby Smith with 208 goals, fourth place is Martin Chivers (174 goals), and fifth place is Cliff Jones (159 goals). Son Heung-min ranks 6th with 151 goals.
Son Heung-min has scored 109 goals in his PL career. As a result, Son Heung-min surpassed Peter Crouch (108 goals), tied with Ryan Giggs (109 goals), and became the 27th highest scorer in PL history. Right above Son Heung-min are Emile Heskey (110 goals) and Sadio Mane (111 goals). If he scores 11 more goals, he will be on par with Steven Gerrard (120 goals) in 21st place.
Due to these performances, they were selected as the PL Team of the Month for September by ‘WhoScored.com’. The media placed goalkeepers Son Heung-min, Erling Holland, Anthony Gordon, Bruno Guimaraes, Maddison, Bukayo Saka, Andy Robertson, Joachim Andersen, James Tarkowski, Kieran Trippier and Robert Sanchez in the best eleven.