'I have said' - Son Heung-min makes admission in Mohamed Salah battle for Premier League Golden Boot
Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has said that winning the Premier League Golden Boot is ‘not important’ despite the South Korean being just one goal behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at the top of the standings.
Son has netted 21 goals in 33 Premier League games this season compared to Salah’s 22 in 34. He scored again during his side's superb 3-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday evening that left Spurs one point off their fourth-placed north London neighbours with two games to spare.
Son was subbed off after 72 minutes and was visibly frustrated but reaffirmed that he was just focused on ensuring Tottenham qualified for the Champions League.
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“It’s not important,” Son said after the game. “It would be nice but for us it is important to finish in the top four. [Against Arsenal] Performance-wise it was fantastic and I am very proud for the lads and well deserved.”
Son has scored all of his 21 Premier League goals from open play with Harry Kane on penalty duty for Tottenham. This is compared to Salah’s five Premier League penalties.
And Son was adamant that he would happily not score again if it meant Spurs finished in the top four. He said: “Yeah, 100%. Obviously it is a good thing that you are racing [for the Golden Boot], but I have said a few times that it is important to finish in the top four more than anything else.”
Tottenham’s remaining fixtures are Burnley and Norwich City while Liverpool face Southampton and Wolves. As the race goes down to the wire, Salah will be hoping to win his third Golden Boot while for Son it would be his inaugural title.