Tottenham: Can Heung-Min Son win the Golden Boot?

Tottenham: Can Heung-Min Son win the Golden Boot?

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It’s no understatement to say that Heung-Min Son has enjoyed a spectacular season for Tottenham. However, with just two games to go, he has his sights firmly set on the Golden Boot to cap off arguably his best season yet in London.

Currently, Son sits just one goal behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race to be crowned the Premier League’s top scorer. However, given how far clear the Egyptian was halfway through the season, it’s remarkable Son has managed to close the gap.

Unlike Son, Salah flew out the blocks this season, scoring 15 times before the turn of the year; however, he has slowed down in 2022 with just seven league goals to his name, even failing to find the net in his last four.

While Son started the season slower with eight goals in the 2021 portion of this season, his 2022 form has been electric, scoring 13 times overall and finding the net in each of Tottenham’s last three outings.

Son’s 21 goals are undoubtedly impressive, however, even more so considering he has achieved the feat without a single penalty. In contrast, Salah has converted five times from the spot giving the Egyptian a clear advantage.

Despite being renowned as a team player, the Golden Boot is clearly in Son’s mind. He showed uncharacteristic yet understandable frustration as he was subbed off with 20 minutes to go in Tottenham’s mid-week capitulation of Arsenal.

Rightly so, with a man advantage, Son knew there could be more goals to be had; however, in the bigger picture, with a crucial match against Burnley on Sunday, Antonio Conte made the right decision to protect the forward.

On paper, given his recent form and Tottenham’s last two games being Burnley at home followed by a trip to Norwich, Son will be optimistic about making the scoresheet on both occasions as in needing to win both games, Spurs will surely attack from the off.

While Son has scored against both sides in the past, they aren’t the forward’s favourite opponents. In 11 appearances against Burnley, Son has just three goals, one of which is his famous Puskas award-winning goal in 2020.

Against Norwich, the forward boasts a more impressive record of two in four and will relish the prospect of ending the campaign against an already relegated side with nothing left to play for.

Given Son’s current form and being just a goal behind Salah, this season likely represents the best chance for the Tottenham forward to claim the accolade. If he does so, Son will become the fourth Spurs player to win the award in seven years, joining Harry Kane as the Englishman was crowned top scorer in 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2020/21.

Entering the final two games, Son’s quest for the Golden Boot remains a sub-plot in the overarching story of Tottenham’s season. Two wins for Spurs are the undisputed priority, and hopefully, they come courtesy of goals from Son securing his first Golden Boot.

Momentum is with the Korean, with the Spurs faithful undoubtedly eager to see Son end his remarkable season with a well-deserved individual accolade.

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