Reporter Lee Hyeong-joo = The level of the opposing team was not important.
Tottenham Hotspur won 3-0 against Preston North End in the 2022/23 season England FA Cup 4th Round (Round of 32) held at Deep Dale in Preston, Lancashire, Northwest England on the 29th (Korean time) . Tottenham advanced to the round of 16 and Preston finished the tournament.
On this day, Son Heung-min (30) scored with a fantastic kick from the right side of the opposing camp in the 4th minute of the second half. Afterwards, in the 24th minute of the second half, after receiving a pass from the opponent’s box arc circle, he dribbled and split the net with a shot. Son Heung-min’s fantastic performance allowed Tottenham to reach the round of 16.
Based on the league standard of the previous season, Son Heung-min exploded with 23 goals and 7 assists and proudly became the top scorer in the English Premier League (EPL). However, this season is only 4 goals and 3 assists. In the case of scoring, I came out in only 2 games and did not score in 17 games out of 19 games.
In this situation, Son Heung-min plays an outstanding role in the FA Cup, and there may be public opinion that disparages him. This is because the opponent Preston on this day is a second division team. Since it is a lower level team, it can be said that Son Heung-min flew.
However, Son Heung-min’s big success on this day was not very important to the opposing team. It is because he scored with his unique shooting ability in a situation where it was not easy to score as he showed in the previous season. 스포츠토토
On the same day, according to soccer statistics site FOTMOB, Son Heung-min scored a very low 0.18 in the sum of expected goals (xG) that day. Considering that one penalty kick has an expected goal value of around 0.75, the sum of 0.18 is very low. In other words, it means that in a situation where it was very difficult to score, Son Heung-min turned the situation into a goal with a great shot.
It is impossible to predict completely because it is one game, but Son Heung-min’s shooting ability has returned, so fans can raise their expectations.