A month of Son-days!
14 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
You suspect it hasn't quite sunk in yet, but Heung-Min Son has created a slice of Premier League history.
The South Korean star has been named the Premier League's EA SPORTS Player of the Month after his fine performances in September.
In doing so, he becomes the first Asian player to lift the league's Player of the Month award since its inception in 1994.
"To be the first Asian player to win it is very special because many Asian players have played in the Premier League before me," said 'Sonny'. "I’m the first player from Asia or South Korea to win and I can’t believe that, it makes me very happy."
Below: Sonny speaks to Spurs TV about his award
Always smiling, Sonny had reason to be cheerful in a memorable month.
Having not featured at all for us during August while he was away on international duty at the Rio Olympics, Sonny made up for lost time with a string of outstanding performances, scoring four crucial goals in the process as we won all three league games in the month.
He celebrated his first appearances of the season in our colours with two superb goals as we beat Stoke City 4-0, played a pivotal role in our 1-0 home victory against Sunderland, before adding two more goals to his tally as we overcame Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium.
If that wasn’t enough - he was voted man of the match in all three games by our supporters on social media and wrapped up the top two positions in our September Under Armour goal of the month vote! His superb winner at Boro won the poll, while his excellent curler at Stoke came second - between them they took 71 per cent of the votes!
And there was more from the former Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg striker during the month, as he netted a vital winning goal to secure our first Champions League victory of this season away to CSKA Moscow - and, yes, you guessed it...he was named man of the match!
All this led to Sonny being nominated for the Premier League’s EA Sports Player of the Month award for September, alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Adam Lallana, Romelu Lukaku and Theo Walcott.
Below: Sonny smiles proudly with his award at Hotspur Way
In winning, he joins a list of former Spurs winners which includes the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Robbie Keane, Ledley King, Gareth Bale and Harry Kane. Naturally, he was delighted to take the prize.
“I can’t believe this, it’s unbelievable feeling for me to get the award,” said the 24-year-old. “It was a great month for me but I’m also very grateful for my team-mates, the gaffer and his coaching staff. It’s just a great feeling.
“I think the Spurs players who have won it before are big names, legends for Tottenham and it’s nice to be there also."
Typical of his determination, Sonny wants to make sure this award is just the start. "I want to enjoy this moment but this is not the end for me, I want to work hard and try to win the award again."