Sonny's 19/20: "It was like a roller coaster"
Thu 06 August 2020, 10:30|Tottenham Hotspur
Heung-Min Son’s 2019/20 goes hand in hand with an extraordinary season for football across the globe.
It’s been quite a calendar year for the South Korea star on a personal level running parallel to a campaign halted for over three months from March-June by the coronavirus pandemic.
Sonny's joy at grabbing a last-minute winner at Villa in February - and reaching 50 Premier League goals in the process - was short lived as it was revealed soon after that he'd fractured his arm early in the match. COVID-19 then struck, but conversely, as football was halted with the country in lockdown, the break allowed Sonny to recover from his injury and complete his mandatory military service in South Korea.
On football's return, his goals in key wins against Arsenal and Newcastle helped us climb to sixth and qualify for Europe again.
- Shortlisted for FIFA FIFPRO World 11 in August
- Nominated for the Ballon d’Or in October
- Up to fourth in our all-time European goalscoring list after a double against Crvena zvezda in October
- Historic third AFC Asian International Player of the Year award
- One of the best Spurs goals of all-time against Burnley in December
- That goal is voted our ‘Goal of the Decade’
- Also named the Premier League’s ‘Goal of the Month’
- Reached 50 Premier League goals for us with last-minute winner at Villa in February – one of only seven players to hit 50 Premier League goals for us
- Fractured his arm in the same game at Villa Park
- COVID-19 struck in March
- Completed his mandatory military service in South Korea in April
- Back from injury in time for Premier League resumption in June
- Became only the fourth Spur to claim 10 goals and 10 assists in the same Premier League campaign
- Completed a clean sweep of our One Hotspur/Supporters’ Clubs' awards for the second successive season
- His goal against Burnley voted BBC’s Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season
- Named our Legends' Player of the Season in August
Spurs TV special - Sonny's goals/assists in 19/20
Where do you even start? Safe to say, Sonny agreed 2019/20 was a season like no other.
“It was like a roller coaster... good, not so good, stopped, injury, being in the army, add everything together and it was a long season,” he reflected. “The results... it was important to get into the Europa League, but it’s been a tough year.
“We have to be positive. It’s up to us. We will need the supporters’ help, but it’s up to us on the pitch, we’re playing football, not them. They will support us, and we have to give something back.
“I’m going to learn again from so many things from last season, and try to improve next season as well.”