He wasn’t on the pitch today at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but Son Heung-Min still picked up a huge honor today after the 2-2 draw with Everton. The Korean fan favorite forward was named by the club as Tottenham’s Official Supporters Club 2018-19 Player of the Season in a ceremony after the match.
Sonny was hugely important for Spurs this season, stepping up into the spotlight and helping take the club to a top four finish and a chance to win the Champions League. He finished second on the team with 20 goals in all competitions this season, four behind Harry Kane, but with Harry Kane hobbled by injuries this season, Sonny came in and became one of Totteham’s most consistent scoring threats.
There are no doubt plenty of fans who would’ve chosen a player like Moussa Sissoko or even Toby Alderweireld for this award. Sissoko was a revelation for Tottenham this year, transforming himself from a player fans hated to one of the most important players at the club and one of the first names on the team sheet. Alderweireld, possibly playing in his final Tottenham match today, was immense at the heart of Spurs’ defensive line all year. His partnership with Jan Vertonghen was a huge reason why Spurs have done so well and progressed so far into the Champions League.
But in Sonny, I think Spurs made the right choice. In a season where so many players struggled with injury and fatigue, Sonny played in two international tournaments this year (including winning a draft exemption in the Asian Games that would’ve cut his career short) and still put the team on his back at times. He has quietly become one of the best forwards in world football, and still seems to be under the radar.
We’ll have our Carty Free awards a little later on, but this certainly feels right. Congratulations on an excellent season, Sonny!