Son Heung-min nominated for Player of the Month
Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min was one of seven players nominated for the Premier League's EA Sports Player of the Month award for December, with fans encouraged to vote over the weekend to choose the final winner.
Son's nomination is made all the more impressive by the fact that the Spurs striker spent half of December unable to play while quarantining after he was presumed to have contracted Covid-19.
Despite that absence, Son still scored in four consecutive appearances — on Dec. 2, Dec. 5, Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. He also picked up an assist on Dec. 5.
"Tottenham Hotspur's unbeaten month under new head coach Antonio Conte owed much to Son's form," the Premier League article introducing the nominees said. "He scored in four consecutive matches, including a strike against Liverpool while also producing a goal and an assist versus Norwich."
Son is up against Manchester City's Joao Cancelo and Raheem Sterling, Leicester's James Maddison, Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard and Chelsea's Mason Mount.
Of the seven, Sterling is the only player to have scored more goals than Son within as few appearances, scoring five goals and picking up an assist in five games. Son also appeared in only five league games last month.
Son is no stranger to Premier League honors, He has won the Premier League Player of the Month award three times. He first received the honor in September 2016, at the start of what turned out to be his break out season in the Premier League. Son won the award again in April 2017, becoming the only player in the league to win Player of the Month twice in that season. His third award came in October 2020.
As well as the Player of the Month awards, Son has also won Goal of the Month twice — in November 2018 and December 2019 — and Goal of the Season for the 2019/20 season.
Football fans are able to vote for the Player of the Month until Monday, with a panel of experts also weighing in to decide the winner.
Son isn't the only person from Tottenham shortlisted for some monthly honors. Conte, who didn't lose a game in his first full month at the club's helm, was also nominated for Barclays Manager of the Month.
After a string of cup fixtures, Spurs will be back in action in the Premier League on Jan. 16 with a home game against Arsenal.
BY JIM BULLEY [email@example.com]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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