With Tottenham Hotspur opening up the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday, one man in the squad was celebrating for a second reason at the fulltime whistle.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 12, 2018
Coming off the bench in the second half as he replaced Dele Alli for the final ten minutes of the match, Son Heung-Min notched up his 100th top-flight appearance for Spurs. The 26-year-old South Korean international had already passed the 100 appearance marker across all competitions, but the Premier League tally is a special one and his importance for the side and his goal return since arriving back in late August 2015 from Bayer Leverkusen speaks for itself.
It’s fair to say he soon became a fan favourite and for a reported £18million fee given the prices that some others move for in today’s game, in many ways he’s been extremely good value for money.
Hitting his ton prior to heading out on international duty certainly saw praise move in his direction.
Just give him a lifetime contract already
— c (@AIdertonghen) August 12, 2018
If u don’t love Son there’s something wrong with you! #COYS
— Wayne Speed (@Wacka78) August 12, 2018
Best Asian player❤️
— Nick kun (@Nikskun1) August 12, 2018
Best Korean player ever!
— The big cheese #Coys (@MarkThomas2002) August 12, 2018
I love this man
— danny chalmers (@dannychalmers86) August 12, 2018
Greatest player ever! ????????????????????
— Dan TheProneBear (@TheProneBear_) August 12, 2018
I love this man more than I love my family
— Dylan Goff (@Dylangoff18) August 12, 2018
Congrats and on to the next 100
— Evangelos Georgiou (@EvanGeorgiou18) August 12, 2018
To 100 + 1000 more appearances! Cheers to our Sonny!
— Donna Lee (@DonnaLe26771684) August 12, 2018
The topic of military service also reared its head but hopefully, that’s a concern that won’t come to fruition.