Tottenham captain Son Heung-min starts the game against Sheffield United and aims to score in the first two consecutive games of the season.
Tottenham revealed the starting list ahead of the match against Sheffield United in the 5th round of the 2023/24 Premier League season held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, at 11 pm (Korean time) on the 16th.
Tottenham is in second place in the league with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 10 points in 4 league games since the opening. On the other hand, Sheffield has been winless with 1 draw and 3 losses in 4 league games since the opening, without any reversal from the promoted team. Tottenham, who are on a rapid rise, will attempt to win their fourth consecutive league game against Sheffield, who are one level below their power.
Coach Angie Postekoglou chose Son Heung-min as a central striker and Manor Solomon and Dejan Kulusevski as both wingers. The three players worked together in the last away game against Burnley and played as attackers for two consecutive games.
The midfield features Yves Bissouma, Pape Sar, and James Maddison. As the three players all showed excellent chemistry and outstanding skills in the last four games, Postekoglou kept the midfield combination unchanged. In particular, Maddison won the Player of the Month award and was consistently included in the starting lineup against Sheffield.
The defense consisted of Destiny Udozi, Christian Romero, Mickey van der Pen, and Pedro Forro from the left. The goalkeeper will be Gugliemo Vicario.
Because Son Heung-min showed his true value regardless of whether he was a left winger or a central striker under coach Postekoglou, coach Postekoglou consistently included him in the starting lineup and gave him the captain’s armband.
Son Heung-min failed to put on an impressive performance in his captaincy debut due to a disappointing performance in the league opening game. In the middle of the first half, he tripped an opposing player in the penalty area while trying to block an opponent’s counterattack, and suffered twists and turns by conceding a penalty kick and conceding a goal through video review (VAR). As he was focused on the left side, shooting only two shots, Son Heung-min’s unique lively movements and goal-making ability were not displayed.
But he turned it around in just one game. In a difficult home game against Manchester United, Son Heung-min showed an outstanding performance even though he did not score. Throughout the Manchester United match, Son Heung-min attacked the Manchester United defense with ‘key passes’ that were concise and pierced the opponent’s gaps like an awl. Afterwards, Son Heung-min played a big role as a helper in the game against Bournemouth, shaking up the opponent’s defense.
Afterwards, Son Heung-min exploded with scoring power in the match against Burnley, where he played as a lone striker. Son Heung-min, who played as a frontline striker in the match against Burnley, received a pass from left winger Manor Solomon in the 16th minute of the first half when the team was behind 0-1, and scored the equalizer with a chip shot over the key in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Son Heung-min, who scored his first goal of the season, surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo with his 104th Premier League goal and placed himself on par with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
Son Heung-min’s scoring did not stop. He completed a hat trick by adding two more goals in the second half. The chemistry with Solomon shined in the 18th minute of the second half. Solomon broke down the left side with a dribble and gave a cutback to Son Heung-min, who penetrated a beat late. Son Heung-min scored multiple goals by lightly pushing in with his right foot without any interference. Three minutes later, he received a penetration pass from Pedro Foro, and in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper, he scored a neat left-footed shot into the net, completing a hat trick. It was also the moment when the third goal of the season and the 106th goal in the Premier League was scored.
Thanks to Son Heung-min’s outstanding performance, Tottenham achieved a 5-2 comeback victory over Burnley. Son Heung-min, who was selected as the best player of the game, was later recognized for his performance by being selected as one of the best 11 of the round by various media outlets. Coach Postekoglou once again chose to use Son Heung-min as a lone striker in this match against Sheffield, forming an elite starting list to challenge for four consecutive league wins.
Tottenham’s starting striker Harry Kane transferred to Bayern Munich ahead of this season. Kane, who grew up in Tottenham’s youth team and made his professional debut in 2011, only played for Tottenham before moving to Munich, except for a loan spell early in his debut. Over the past 12 years, he played in 435 games for Tottenham and scored 280 goals, becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer. In the Premier League, he also scored a total of 213 goals, ranking second after first place Alan Shearer (260 goals).온라인바카라
Since Kane has an incredible scoring record, there is bound to be great concern about his absence. In particular, fans expressed their expectations for Son Heung-min, who divided Tottenham’s goals with Kane. In the end, Son Heung-min proved once again that he is the core of the team with a hat-trick against Burnley, and he was ready to score once again by playing as the top scorer in this game.
Meanwhile, away team Sheffield faced Tottenham with 3-4-2-1. Wes Fordringham guarded the goal. The defense was played by Jack Robinson, John Egan, and Anel Ahmedhodzic. Max Low, Vinicius Sousa, Oliver Norwood, and Ben Osborne made up the midfield, with Benny Traore and Gustavo Hammer in the second line. The front-line top spot belonged to William Ossula.
After the match against Sheffield, Tottenham will play an away match against Arsenal in the ‘North London Derby’ at 10pm on the 24th, so more attention is expected to be paid to the result of the away match in Sheffield.