Tottenham solidified their current fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at Wembley, the result arguably came as no real surprise as Mauricio Pochettino’s men extended their unbeaten run to 11 league matches (the current longest in the division), thanks to a Heung-min Son brace.
However the fact that it was not Harry Kane on the score sheet would have raised some eyebrows, especially if you are to believe the narrative that Tottenham are a ‘Harry Kane’ team thankfully though that does not seem to be the case.
Why, because Tottenham have other players who are more than capable of stepping up to the plate when it matters, none more so than Son himself. There can be no understating the contribution of the South Korean this season especially as at the time of writing he has moved into the top ten Premier League goalscorers
If we now take a look at the split of Tottenham Premier League goals, it will look as follows (data courtesy of whoscored.com)
|1||Harry Kane 24, AM(C),FW||27(1)||2408||24||46.15%|
|2||Son Heung-Min 25, M(CLR),FW||21(7)||1785||10||19.23%|
|3||Christian Eriksen 26, M(CLR)||28||2416||7||13.46%|
|4||Dele Alli 21, M(CL)||27(1)||2367||5||9.62%|
|5||Ben Davies 24, D(CL),M(L)||21(3)||1875||2||3.85%|
|6||Fernando Llorente 33, FW||1(13)||217||1||1.92%|
|7||Moussa Sissoko 28, M(CR)||12(13)||1119||1||1.92%|
|8||Serge Aurier 25, D(CLR),M(R)||13(1)||1159||1||1.92%|
|9||Victor Wanyama 26, DMC||2(8)||273||1||1.92%|
It will come as no surprise that Harry Kane is clearly top of Tottenham’s Premier League goal scoring charts, contributing 46% of Tottenham’s goals in the first three quarters of the season – which as a footnote is the largest percentage contribution of all the top 10 scorers in the division.
So that in itself does little to destroy the notion of a ‘Harry Kane team’ but when you consider that Tottenham are also the third highest scorers in the league this season, it just goes to show what a herculean job the England international is doing for the club in this campaign.
Harry Kane will always get the most column inches and deservedly so but if we look at Son’s contribution of 10 Premier League goals then the fact he is responsible for just under one fifth of Tottenham’s league goals is not something that can be ignored.
Not only that but this is from a player who does not necessarily command a first team berth, what with competition now stemming from both Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura, although with performances such as the one offered up against Huddersfield you would be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks he should not be named in the first eleven.
It is fair to say that Son’s contribution has gone somewhat under the radar this season but at the same time you will have few complaints from Tottenham fans. If anything it allows the player to flourish and more importantly offers the team a much needed additional attacking element.
Kane and Son are the only two players who have reached double figures this season, while only nine players have registered a Premier League goal for Tottenham this season. Some may argue that the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli (especially the latter) could do a bit more and help lessen the burden on Kane.
If we take a look at the goals per minutes for the nine players in the list above then the list looks as follows:
|Player||Apps||Mins||Goals||Mins Per Goal|
|Harry Kane 24, AM(C),FW||27(1)||2408||24||100|
|Son Heung-Min 25, M(CLR),FW||21(7)||1785||10||179|
|Fernando Llorente 33, FW||1(13)||217||1||217|
|Victor Wanyama 26, DMC||2(8)||273||1||273|
|Christian Eriksen 26, M(CLR)||28||2416||7||345|
|Dele Alli 21, M(CL)||27(1)||2367||5||473|
|Ben Davies 24, D(CL),M(L)||21(3)||1875||2||938|
|Moussa Sissoko 28, M(CR)||12(13)||1119||1||1119|
|Serge Aurier 25, D(CLR),M(R)||13(1)||1159||1||1159|
You can see that Kane scores a Premier League goal once every 100 minutes, so in layman terms just slightly more than a game per goal, while Son is just under a goal every other game which considering the minutes he has played is a decent return.
Looking down the list though the same cannot be said about Dele Alli who is averaging a goal every five Premier League matches, compared to last season his return has not been impressive but at the same time this needs the caveat that he set exceptionally high standards in the 2016/17 campaign.
Therefore to measure him to those same levels this time around is perhaps not the fairest barometer of quality, although you would be right in saying that he should be nearer the tally of Son than he is Eriksen this season especially for a player of his talents.
Looking at Christian Eriksen he nets a goal just under one in four Premier League matches but he also delivers an assist at the same ratio, so you need to consider his all round contribution to the team here. While Fernando Llorente and Victor Wanyama’s goals per minute are something of an anomaly after scoring just once this season.
So there you have it, there’s a relatively brief breakdown of Tottenham’s goal scoring exploits this season. It does bode the question just where would be without Harry Kane but does also show that the Son always shines at Wembley.
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