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Tottenham's Son Heung-min sets new career high with 22nd goal of season

Sports 22:29 May 08, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, May 8 (Yonhap) -- Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min set a new career high for goals in a season on Saturday, the latest milestone for the 28-year-old South Korean icon in the midst of a memorable campaign.

Son scored a 25th-minute equalizer in a 3-1 loss to Leeds United in a Premier League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England.

In this Reuters photo, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal against Leeds United during a Premier League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England, on May 8, 2021. (Yonhap)

It was Son's 22nd goal in all competitions in the 2020-2021 campaign: 17 goals in the Premier League, one goal in the League Cup, and four goals in the UEFA Europa League.

Son had 21 goals in the 2016-2017 season and had long been on pace to shatter that mark this season. Tottenham have three matches remaining after Saturday's loss, which snapped a mini two-game winning streak.

Son now has the sole possession of third place in goals in the league this season, four behind the leader and his Tottenham teammate, Harry Kane.

In this Associated Press photo, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur (R) scores past Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier during a Premier League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England, on May 8, 2021. (Yonhap)

Son also has 10 assists to rank tied for fourth in that category. He and Kane (13 assists) are the only two players in the league this season to have reached double figures in both goals and assists.

The latest loss dealt a major blow to Tottenham's top-four aspirations. With 56 points, they sit in sixth place, five back of the fourth-ranked Chelsea, who will play Manchester City on Sunday for a chance to extend that lead. Tottenham will also have to leapfrog West Ham United, who have 58 points ahead of a Sunday showdown against Everton.

In this EPA photo, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur (R) battles Luke Ayling of Leeds United for the ball during a Premier League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England, on May 8, 2021. (Yonhap)

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