Tottenham fans just can’t get a break. Unfortunately, arguably Spurs’ best player, smiling assassin Son Heung-min, was diagnosed with a fractured arm after scoring two goals to win against Aston Villa.
Fans had celebrated wildly after ‘Sonny’ sprinted 40 metres, with defenders left in his dust and powering an angled shot past a helpless goalkeeper.
These last-minute heroics are not isolated for the speedy South Korean winger. His goal against Burnley was an 80-metre sprint past almost the entire opposition team, which is what every teenage football player dreams of doing, and was voted best goal of the decade by Tottenham supporters.
If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and enjoy Sonny as he does the hedgehog. Ball control, speed, left foot, right foot, and ice-cold veins to shoot the ball with defenders closing in on him left, right and centre – Sonny is the epitome of what every modern winger should be.
5️⃣1️⃣ goals and counting! ????
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 17, 2020
The injury to Sonny has hit hard. With Harry Kane out, and Sonny having an operation this week, there are no dependable strikers.
Lucas Moura is fast, but short and as shown in Kane’s absence, not exactly a reliable and consistent scorer. Troy Parrott has an opportunity to break into the first team, but he is green and unproven.
With the business end coming, Sonny’s injury will ensure that José Mourinho’s recently cut hair will not grow back anytime soon.
Dele Alli has his magical moments but aside from being consistently excellent in the nutmeg is inconsistent with everything else.
Sonny’s importance to this team cannot be underestimated. After winning all the end-of-season Spurs awards, and being nominated for the Ballon d’Or, Sonny is the best Asian footballer that has ever played the game.
Playing with a broken arm sustained in the first ten minutes of the game and scoring a brace to win against Villa can only add to the legend that is Son Heung-min.