He has leadership and prophetic power.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Luton Town 1-0 in the eighth round of the English Premier League in the 2023-24 season at Kenilworth Road Stadium in Luton, England on the 7th.
Tottenham, which is unbeaten this season, pulled out a 4-2-3-1 formation. Captain Son Heung-min was at the forefront, and Hisharlisson, Dejan Kulusevski, and James Madison were placed in the second line. Yves Bissouma and Papersar were chosen for the third line just below. Fourback consisted of Destiny Udogi, Mickey Van Der Ben, Christian Romero and Pedro Porro. The goalkeeper gloves were worn by Guglielmo Vicario.
Tottenham launched a wave of attacks against Luton Town. At the beginning of the game, Hisharlisson had a one-on-one chance, but he was blocked by the goalkeeper. Madison’s powerful shot that followed was also caught on Kaminsky’s toes. Son Heung-min also participated in the shooting relay, but he missed the goal significantly.
Luton Town took a defensive stand against Tottenham throughout the first half. Tottenham launched an all-out offensive to break through Luton Town’s defence. But it was a shame to finish. In the 29th minute of the first half, Kulusevski attempted a sharp shot from the side. But it slightly missed the goal.
Meanwhile, Eve Bissouma was sent off in a ridiculous extra time in the first half. With one warning already in place, he attempted a simulation action to get a free kick. However, he couldn’t avoid the referee’s eyes and received a second yellow card that day. Referee John Brooks has issued a cumulative warning to Bissouma.
Tottenham, which was outnumbered by Bissouma’s exit, naturally had difficulty managing the game. At the start of the second half, Postecoglou put Pierre-Emile Hoibier in place of Hicharlissong. 스포츠토토
And in the seventh minute of the second half, Van der Ben scored a valuable first goal. James Madison, who took over the ball in a corner kick situation, peeled off an opposing defender with a fantastic breakthrough. And he passed to Van der Ben in front of the goal. Van der Ben, who took over the ball, lightly cut the net. It became the winning goal, and Tottenham won 1-0 after being outnumbered.
Van der Ben is a new central defender who has left Wolfsburg ahead of this season and joined Tottenham. The transfer fee was 50 million euros (about 72.4 billion won), including several options. He has fast feet even with a tall height of 193 centimeters, and has the advantage of being good at building up.
Van der Ben took over as Tottenham’s starting player upon joining. In the first round match against Brentford, which was his official debut, he gave up two goals and swallowed his regret. However, he played well with his partner Christian Romero and kept Tottenham’s back stable. In particular, he tied Mohamed Salah, the opponent’s striker and ace, in the 7th round against Liverpool. Until now, Tottenham has suffered from central defenders who often expose anxiety at the back, such as Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez. However, Van der Ben successfully adapted and relieved his worries about defensive instability.
After the match, Der Ben interestingly mentioned captain Son Heung-min. According to British media ‘BBC’, Son Heung-min reportedly predicted to Van Der Ben before the match that he would score in the match. Van der Ben just laughed it off. But he scored the winning goal. Son Heung-min’s Ye-In was right.
Also, Son Heung-min did not forget his captain-like leadership after the game. In front of the away fans, he praised Van der Ben, the main character of the game. It is similar to Hisharlisson’s situation when he scored a dramatic equaliser against Sheffield United in the fifth round. At that time, Son Heung-min praised Hisharlissong in front of away fans after the game. Hisharlisson was losing confidence before the Sheffield game, having not scored a single goal in the league.
As such, Tottenham announced a smooth start to this season with captain Son Heung-min at the center. Enje Postecoglou, who took the helm this summer, appointed Son Heung-min as the new captain before the opening of the season. The transfer of his predecessor Hugo Lloris was likely, and Harry Kane, who also wore the captain’s armband instead of Lloris, left for Bayern Munich.
The effect of captain Son Heung-min was immediately apparent. At the beginning of the season, Son Heung-min helped the team play well instead of scoring. In addition, he scored his first goal of the season against Burnley in the fourth round with a hat trick. He then scored multiple goals in the sixth round away to Arsenal to save the team from crisis, and scored the first goal against Liverpool in the seventh round. Tottenham won against Liverpool for the first time in six years thanks to Son Heung-min’s performance.
Son Heung-min, who has been active during the month of September, is likely to be the Premier League’s player of the month. On the 5th (Korea Standard Time), the Premier League Secretariat revealed the players of the month for September on its official website. Premier League Player of the Month is an award given every month to the best player in the Premier League team.
Including Son Heung-min, Julian Alvarez, Mohamed Salah, Jerod Bowen, Kieran Trippier, Olly Watkins and Pedro Netu were listed. However, Son Heung-min, who scored six goals in four games held in September, has the highest number of offensive points. Tottenham is also the only team in the list of candidates who are on an unbeaten. Naturally, the prime minister is most likely.
Meanwhile, Tottenham is showing a completely different appearance from last season. Former manager Antonio Conte crashed Tottenham. Thanks to this, Tottenham remained in eighth place last season. Not to mention the UEFA Champions League (UCL) ticket, they couldn’t even get a UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) ticket.
In order to make up for last season, Madison, Vicario and Van Der Ben were recruited one after another. In addition, he entered a new season in the era of Postecoglou. At the time of his appointment, Postecoglou raised great concerns. He lifted various trophies, including the Scottish Premiership title, but had no big league experience.
But the worry was unfounded. Coach Postecoglou is showing off his hot attack. Kane, the team’s most prolific scorer last season and the second-highest scorer in the Premier League history, has left for Munich, but he is clearly filling the gap.
In the end, Tottenham, which had six wins and two draws in eight league games, including the victory over Luton Town, took the lead over Manchester City, which played one less game.