'Amazing, incredible, unbelievable' - Sonny's team-mates on his wonder goal
Mon 09 December 2019, 12:54|Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho likened him to Brazilian great Ronaldo. Legendary former striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker told his 7.4m followers on Twitter his goal was 'one of the greatest individual goals you’re ever likely to see'. Both, of course, were describing Heung-Min Son and his wonder goal in our 5-0 win against Burnley on Saturday.
It has to be one of our all-time great goals, certainly in the Premier League era. Picking the ball up on the edge of our box, Sonny sped away from Robbie Brady and James Tarkowski before blasting past Dwight McNeil. He skipped away from last man Erik Pieters, sprinted away from Matt Lowton and Ben Mee and then provided a composed finish, slotting the ball past Nick Pope. It was 12 seconds from start to finish and a thing of footballing beauty.
Wow. Son has just scored one of the greatest individual goals you’re ever likely to see. Goal of the season, me thinks.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 7, 2019
What did Sonny's team-mates think? We caught up with a few afterwards...
"It was an unbelievable goal. It looked like he had nowhere to go, three or four players around him, he cut inside, big touch through to the keeper and he had the composure to finish as well. He’s scored a couple of goals like that, Chelsea at Wembley (in our 3-1 win, November, 2018) was similar, but this was the best goal I’ve seen him score, for sure."
"I don’t have the words to describe that goal. Unbelievable. Amazing. But it is not something new for us players because we know his qualities and how good of a player he is - he is unbelievable - so I am so happy for him and I hope he can keep doing that."
"I think the assist was actually better than the goal – he was lucky that I gave him that pass... but he did well afterwards. Sometimes you don’t think of what can happen when you take off towards goal but I think when you take off and you get in that situation, you continue to drive forward and then out of nothing he was suddenly in front of the goalkeeper. In that move he has the pace, the ability and then the composure to score such a great goal."
"First of all, the assist from Jan was amazing! His speed on the ball is unique and he makes the right decisions. I think he wants to pass the ball but then he saw the space and then he was clinical in front of the goal, so a very good goal."
"I was very happy he scored, especially because I tried to pass to him before when he was wide open but I messed it up! It was an amazing goal. We know the skill he’s got. Sometimes when you get through, your legs can tire after a run like that but he had composure and finished it, so it was amazing!"
"He showed amazing quality. This type of action in a game, there is only a certain type of player who can do it. I was just watching it happen on the pitch from behind the action and it was just amazing what he was able to do. But I’m not surprised with what he did because Sonny is an amazing player and it was a great goal for him. Only world class players can score this type of goal, like Messi, so I’m so happy for him and I hope he can score some more amazing goals like that."
"I just remember him picking up the ball from almost the edge of our box and just running and running and running, just hoping that nobody would tackle him and that’s what happened! I thought a challenge would have come in but it didn’t and then it didn’t again so it gave him the licence to keep running and running. Credit to him, he kept on going and finished it well as well. When he dribbles he does it with such control, speed and good balance so I always thought he would get a chance to dribble and shoot."
"He gets on the ball in the middle and he’s just driving. You see him beat one, then he gets into his stride and just knocks it past another and then once he gets into that shooting position, 10 out of 10 he’s going to score every time. I see it day in, day out. Just to see him when he’s one-on-one with the keeper, there was no doubt that he was going to score. You’d expect him from there to just maybe pass it off and then move or something but to see him keep going and going, and then he’s still going... like I said, once he was in that position, it was always going to be a goal. We’re the same on the bench as the fans at that time - everyone’s slowly rising and then as soon as it goes in, everyone is up on their feet. It was a great goal. It’s the best goal I’ve seen - that and Harry’s goal from the half-way line in pre-season!"