“Why Son Heung-min is a fantastic captain”…Tottenham fans rejoice as captain SON takes care of Xherdan Shaqiri

September 18, 2023 | by

Tottenham Hotspur fans cheered the actions of their new captain, Son Heung-min.

Tottenham defeated Sheffield United 2-1 in the fifth round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, on Sunday at 11 p.m. ET. With three points from a four-game winning streak, Tottenham remained second in the league and remained unbeaten in five matches since the start of the season.

The game was dominated by Tottenham. Tottenham exploited the Sheffield defense with precise passing and fluid movement of players. With so many players in the attacking third and a high defensive line, the game was largely in Tottenham’s control, although they did allow Sheffield a few threatening counterattacks.

However, Tottenham were unable to produce a result. They lacked sharpness in their finishing, and their shots on goal were all blocked by the Sheffield defense or the goalkeeper. After a 0-0 first half, anxiety set in as the second half continued in a similar fashion.

In the end, we conceded an early goal on one of our chances. In the 28th minute of the second half, Sheffield took advantage of a long throw-in and found Gustavo Hamer in the back of the net.

Tottenham pushed forward after the goal. In the 35th minute, they brought on Son, Sarr, and Solomon and took off Johnson, Healy, and Perisic. It was an aggressive and bold substitution that took into account the fitness of the players. And it turned out to be the best move.

Tottenham’s equalizer came at a crucial moment. In the eighth minute of second-half stoppage time, Perisic’s corner was met by a high header from the edge of the box that was deflected into the top corner for the equalizer. It was the first goal of the season for the Frenchman, who had been struggling to find the back of the net after coming on as a substitute.

With momentum on their side, Tottenham turned the tables. In the 10th minute of second-half stoppage time, Tottenham’s players linked up and Kuluczewski collected a loose ball from Hicharisson and fired a powerful shot into the back of the net. Sheffield pushed for an equalizer, but were denied by a late sending-off. In the end, the game ended with a 2-1 victory for Tottenham.

After the game, Tottenham captain Son Heung-min’s behavior came under scrutiny. Heung-min, who played 80 minutes before being substituted, pushed the Frenchman’s back as he went to greet the Tottenham fans after the game, setting the tone for the Frenchman’s praise. Son’s behavior was highlighted locally and seen as “captain’s behavior”.

After the game, Son said, “It felt better to see him score than to score myself. He was struggling, and I was thinking about how I could help him. I didn’t want him to feel sorry for himself because of his bad luck,” he said.

Tottenham fan community Spurs Web commented on Son’s behavior, saying, “This is why Son is a fantastic captain. He leads by example, is extremely selfless, and empathizes with others. I don’t think there are many players who can say and do that to their competitors for the best eleven position.”

Heung-min’s leadership qualities were recognized by head coach Enze Postecoglou. In a pre-season press conference before he was named captain, Postecoglou said, “In my opinion, Heung-min is a player who shows real leadership. He blends into almost every group. I don’t think it’s just because he’s a popular player. He’s the captain of the Korean national team, and he’s been an iconic figure for Korea for a really long time. It’s not surprising. It’s clear that Son Heung-min has a huge influence on Tottenham,” he said.

As it turns out, Postecoglou made the right choice. Since being named the new captain, Son has been leading the team with his warm leadership, and Spurs seem to be in good spirits with their ‘captain’.

After Harry Kane’s departure in the summer transfer window, the Frenchman was given the chance to play in the first team, but after failing to impress in the striker position, he eventually lost his place to Heung-min after just three games.

He has been one of the players who has been a consistent performer for the national team away from the club, but he hasn’t done much in this call-up. He finally got on the scoresheet against Bolivia, but the goal was disallowed after a video assistant referee (VAR) review. He was subsequently substituted and was seen in tears on the bench. He is going through a difficult time in his career and psychologically.

As a result, he decided to seek psychotherapy. It’s a big decision for him.

Speaking to the media after the Bolivia game, he said, “I wasn’t sad because of my poor performance. It was more of anger at what was happening off the pitch. I will see a psychologist when I get back to England and seek psychological help. That’s all. I believe that if I come back strong, I will be here for the next national team call-up. I will work hard to prepare for that,” he said.

“The last five months have been tough off the field. Not anymore. People who were only looking out for my money are now distant from me. Things are starting to go differently and I’m sure I can do well at Tottenham and good things will happen,” he said, adding that he is hoping things will go in a different direction than they have so far.

His performance against Sheffield Wednesday was a welcome relief. The important thing is to keep the momentum going into the next game and throughout the season. It’s important for him to keep the momentum going into the next game and the season.

Tottenham announced on their website ahead of the start of the season, “Son Heung-min has been appointed captain of the club. Son first captained the club in 2014-15 and has now been presented with the captain’s armband by Hugo Lloris. James Maddison and Christian Romero have been appointed as vice-captains.”

Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, Son said: “It’s an honor to be captain of such a huge club. It’s an amazing and proud moment. I’ve already told the players that everyone should be a captain, both on and off the pitch. We have a new season, a new beginning and I will give everything for this shirt and the captain’s armband.”

After being named captain ahead of the new season, Son played his second game as captain against Manchester United, following the league opener against Brentford. Reports have since emerged in the local press suggesting that Son has proved manager Enze Postecoglou right to appoint him as his new captain after just two games.

Tottenham fans seem to be happy with the team’s new captain. “I can see why some people were skeptical about Son Heung-min as captain,” wrote Spurs Web, a Tottenham fan community, after reading Gold’s report. He’s a leader by example, but he’s also an optimist and a jokester in the locker room. But just as there are some people who can cope with more responsibility, he seems to have a different personality since he put on the armband,” he said, noting that Son has changed since putting on the captain’s armband.

“I just hope it doesn’t put more pressure on him because he’s already being criticized for his performances,” added Spurs Web.

Alasdair Gold, who works for Football London and is a dedicated Tottenham journalist, said: “He has surprised some people and proved that Enze Postecoglou made the right choice. Postecoglou wants the locker room to be a player’s place, and he believes that it should be the players who create that environment, not him or the staff, so while it may have been a surprise to some, Son was the right choice,” said Gold.

“Like Kane, Son is professional and leads by example on the training ground, and what he does on the pitch has an impact on the team. He was disappointing last season, but now he has repaid Postecoglou’s faith in him by surprising even those who didn’t see him as a leader at the club with how much he enjoys new challenges and how much effort he puts in.”

In particular, he noted that Son came up with the idea for the players to get together after applauding the traveling Tottenham fans before kickoff against Brentford. “It was Heung-min who came up with the idea of taking the players to the fans before kickoff to applaud and encourage them,” says Gold. He’s emerging as a new leader at a time when we need new voices, and he’s fully embraced Postecoglou’s approach.”

Son’s ability to bring players together was also evident against Man United. After the final whistle, Son sought out his teammates, hugged them, and said a few words to them all, according to local media in England. It was the kind of leader who cares about his players and looks out for the whole team.

It was also a clear indication of why Postecoglou chose Son as his captain. Postecoglu explained that Son is friendly with everyone on the team, regardless of their group. Usually, players on a team are grouped into different categories, such as nationality, language, position, and race, but he has a good relationship with all of them, which is why he is able to communicate with everyone in a good atmosphere, according to Postecoglou’s observations.

The talk of Son being named Tottenham captain came as Kane’s move to Bayern Munich neared. With Joris, the longtime Spurs captain, looking increasingly likely to leave the club this summer, Kane, who had captained Spurs while Joris was away, was also on the move. Of the players left at Tottenham, there was virtually no one else who was capable of captaining the team, other than Son Heung-min.

Heung-min deserved the captain’s armband. Heung-min is the most senior player on the team with the longest history of playing for Tottenham. What’s more, he’s a longtime captain of the South Korean national soccer team. He is the longest-serving captain in South Korean soccer history. He’s played many A-match games with the captain’s armband, as well as participated in the World Cup. His leadership skills are unquestionable. These are all reasons to consider him as Tottenham’s next captain.

Son Heung-min says he is happy under Postecoglou. It’s a sentiment that was hard to find under Antonio Conte. “Tottenham captain Son Heung-min praised Postecoglou after the 2-0 win over Manchester United, and in the process took a dig at Conte’s football,” Football London reported.

“In the last two games 스포츠토토, we had the ball, we created chances, we played attacking football, and when we lost the ball, we immediately pressed them. It’s really, really fun. I think it’s more fun for Tottenham fans to watch us play like this.”

Indeed, Spurs have been playing more attacking and proactive football under Postecoglou than they did under Conte, who focused on defending and then counter-attacking. Even Son Heung-min seems to be happier with the tactics now than before.


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