Fans are amazed when Son Heung-min comes off the bench to score a 14-minute HAT-TRICK
Fans were stunned when Son Heung-min came off the bench to score a 14-minute hat-trick in Leicester’s 6-2 demolition by Tottenham on Saturday night.
The South Korean striker had an indifferent start to the campaign, failing to find the net ahead of Saturday’s clash against Leicester and as a result was dropped to the bench by Antonio Conte.
After taking the lead just after the break through Rodrigo Bentancur, Conte decided to launch his mercurial South Korean striker for the final half hour of the game.
Son Heung-min came off the bench to break his Premier League drought and score his first goals of the season
While Tottenham looked comfortable, Son secured the three points with a marvelously delivered effort in the 73rd minute. It was his first Lilywhite goal since scoring a hat-trick on the final day of last season at Norwich.
Conte revealed before the game that Son was “angry” with his current form with clamors for the Italian to try a top three of Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane and Richarlison getting stronger every week. Son displayed both that anger and his frustration at not starting the game by not celebrating his spectacular right-footed effort and instead placing his finger to his lips.
Usually a jovial character with a smile etched on his face, Son came across as a player disappointed with his current situation and not given a chance to put things right from the start by his manager.
The South Korean admitted to being disappointed with his own performances so far this season
Not content with having one when he returned to the Premier League scoring books, Son got a second a few minutes later.
Picking up the ball on the right, he curled in a magnificent left-footed shot past the hapless Danny Ward. Once again the finger was raised to the mouth as he stared at the cheering Tottenham fans.
It was hard not to feel that the raised finger in a motion of silence was not pointed at the “noise” that surrounded him this season.
With many believing it couldn’t get much better for the striker, he capped off his stunning cameo with a hat-trick. Running at goal, he slipped the ball under Ward to send the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium raving.
Son’s second goal saw him bend the ball around the Leicester back line and into Danny Ward’s net
His once again muted celebration was cut short by the assistant flag, but a VAR check showed he was well level. Cue second round of wild celebrations.
Son’s return to form will be welcome at Tottenham, with Conte’s side looking slightly ominous in front of goal in their midweek loss to Sporting Lisbon.
Having finished joint-top scorer in the Premier League last season, Son was expected to hit the ground running, but it hadn’t clicked for him yet. Richarlison, so impressive since completing his move from Everton in the summer, had seen his stock rise both due to his own hard work but also Son’s poor form.
Social media were in shock as Son went on his incredible 14-minute rampage to extinguish any threat of a late Leicester resurgence, with many supporters focusing on Son’s lack of celebration.
Each of Son’s celebrations was muted and seemed to reflect his anger at being dropped on the bench
“Son with a celebration that says ‘he let me down for a few bad games, bro let me show you,'” one fan noted after his first goal.
Another wrote: “Finally, attend Son’s goal celebration.”
While another also opted to focus on her celebration, writing, “Son’s cold celebration.”
“Perfect celebration of Son Heung-min’s goal,” wrote another.
Son’s first goals of the season put him above Richarlison and behind Harry Kane in Tottenham’s goalscoring charts
Another added: “Celebrating the son said it all.”
Another jokingly noted in reference to Son’s first two goals, both of which were efforts from outside the penalty area: “Yeah you see that was the problem, Son was shooting from inside the box. the front surface.” Not good.’
Meanwhile, Son after the match admitted to being “disappointed” with his current level of performance as the team, in his view, was performing “really, really well”.
He told Sky Sports: “It was a top notch performance and I was very frustrated as well.” The way I play, I can do a lot better than I have been. I was disappointed, the team did really well but I was disappointed with my performance.
His third saw him wriggle the ball under an unfortunate Danny Ward before being forced to wait for VAR
“It was a tough 3-2 game and you never know in the Premier League. I wanted to do my best for the team. I will always try to do that when I play. I tried to help the team on the bench. I’m happy that we won the game before the international break,” he added.
“My finishes have been poor this season. I was also a bit unlucky with an own goal, two offside goals and a strike on the crossbar. I knew goals were coming and I wasn’t worried. I have always had great supporters, teammates and coaches behind me.
“I like to shoot from outside the box – I’ve been doing that since I was a kid. Even now, after training, if I have time, I try to train from that position and to hit the top corner. I’m really glad the ball finally went in!
The striker revived his figure after the match as he left the pitch with the match ball
“I was pretty sure I was in for the hat-trick!” I am happy to have been able to help the team, it is very important and I can return to the national team with renewed energy.
‘I get emotional [about the support] to be honest. There was incredible support and I always felt like I disappointed my teammates and my fans with my performances. They have always supported me.
The result puts Tottenham above north London rivals Arsenal, who play Brentford on Sunday, second tier on points with leaders Manchester City.
They travel to Arsenal in their first match after the upcoming international break.