After finding the net eight times in all competitions during his debut campaign in England following his 2015 switch from Bayer Leverkusen, the South Korean international kicked into a whole new gear in 2016-17 and was influential as we secured a second place finish in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old, twice selected as the Premier League’s EA SPORTS Player of the Month, struck 21 times in all competitions which, coupled with the scoring exploits of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, meant we saw three players clear 20 goals in one campaign for the first time ever.
Eric saluted Sonny for his performances and insisted “I hope he can build on this now” as the attacker continues his recovery from a fractured forearm suffered on international duty earlier this month.
“I’m really happy for him because he had a difficult time in his first season adapting to everything,” explained the England star. “I think he had good spells and bad spells but you could always see his quality. He’s a fantastic player with a lot of quality and it’s great that last season he was able to show that, so credit to him – he kept going, kept working hard and now he’s reaping the rewards so everyone’s very happy for him.
“I hope he can build on this now. He’s a fantastic player, he’s got so much quality, he’s quick, strong, can dribble, can shoot with both feet so he’s got a bit of everything and it’s up to him now really if he wants to push on again to another level.”
Eric was also asked about two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry after another phenomenal season, the versatile defender admitting: “Everyone has already said everything you can say really.”
He went on: “Harry’s desire to score is fantastic and it’s brilliant for the team to have someone like him that not only scores so many goals but is willing to work for the team with and without the ball. He’s been fantastic again and imagine how many goals he would have got if he wasn’t injured. To finish as top scorer after 11 weeks out with injury is just amazing really.”