Sonny: “I’m almost the oldest player here now!”
Tue 31 August 2021, 17:26|Tottenham Hotspur
Heung-Min Son hinted at his ever-increasing responsibilities in the squad after hitting the winner against Watford on Sunday.
Famous for his smile and positive outlook on life, Sonny is 29 now, and a key player who has been at Spurs for six years. Indeed, only Hugo Lloris (34) and Matt Doherty (29, born in January, 1992) are older than Sonny (29 in July, 1992).
Watford represented Sonny's 200th Premier League appearance for us, and he’s one of only 18 players to score 100-plus goals for the Club. He’s also captain of South Korea with 93 caps to his name.
“I’m now almost the oldest player here after Hugo!” Sonny pointed out with that trademark smile after stretching our start to three wins in three in the Premier League. “I always try to help the young lads. I was talking with Japhet at half-time because I was playing on the right side and the combination of playing together is really important. It’s not only me, but all the players take a big responsibility in the changing room, on the pitch, off the pitch, and that’s a good sign. Let’s keep doing this.”
Sonny struck just before half-time to maintain our perfect start to this Premier League campaign. As expected, Watford proved a tough nut to crack, but as a few chances passed us by in the second half, a third-successive clean sheet saw us home.
“The lads did a really great job," added Sonny. "Obviously, it’s not an easy game. There has never been an easy game in the Premier League. I’ve been here seven seasons now and it’s never been like, ‘okay, this game we can enjoy’.
“It’s always a fight but we did a great job. Okay, 1-0, it sounds like we didn’t dominate the game, but we completely dominated the game and deserved these three points. I’m so proud of the guys, all working together and bringing a fantastic performance in this amazing stadium with our fantastic fans.”
As for his goal, a whipped, inswinging free-kick from the left touchline that evaded everyone and zipped into the far corner, Sonny explained: “For me, it looks like slow-motion. I could see the fans stand up, they are excited, and as soon as the ball hits the net... you should watch it again, how the fans go, what’s the right word? Mad?”