It is a captaincy appointment that cannot be explained simply by popularity.
Tottenham Hotspur announced on the club’s website on the 13th (Korean time)
“Son Heung-min has been appointed captain.
He took over the armband from Hugo Lloris, who had captained him since the 2014–15 season.
James Madison and Cristian Romero have been appointed vice-captains.
“Son Heung-min, who is also the captain of the South Korean national team
is heading into his ninth season since joining from Leverkusen in August 2015.
He won the FIFA Puskas Award for his wonder goal at Burnley in 8-9 and added the Golden Boot (top scorer) in the English Premier League (EPL) in 2019-20 with 2021 goals.지울프-토토
Last season, he became the first Asian player to score 22 goals in the EPL,” he said listing Son Heung-min’s record.
Son Heung-min said: “It’s a great honour to captain such a huge club.
It’s a very proud moment.
I told the players that everyone on and off the pitch had to be like the captain.
It’s a new season and a new beginning.
I will give everything for this jersey and the armband.”
Head coach Ange Postecoglou said: “Sonny (Son Heung-min) has great leadership on and off the pitch and is an ideal choice as the new captain.
We all know him as a world-class player and he has a lot of respect from everyone in the dressing room.
Son Heung-min transcends the group.
It’s not just because of its popularity.
It’s something we achieved in the game.”
This is shortly after David Onstein of The Athletic in the UK broke the exclusive news.
Onstein said: “Son Heung-min will be Tottenham’s captain.
Lloris is set to leave, while Harry Kane has moved to Bayern Munich.
The club and manager Postecoglou have chosen Son Heung-min.”
He added: “Madison, who we signed in the summer, and Romero, a defender, will serve as vice-captains.
The trio will bring an improved spirit and are seen as players who will help the club develop and succeed.
There is a perception that Kane will definitely be missed, but there is a feeling that instead of relying on one player, everyone is in charge and the overall mentality can improve.”
Earlier, Postecoglou was blunt in his response to questions about his new captain.
According to Football London, Postecoglou told a press conference: “It’s been decided, but I’m not going to say it.
We’ll be doing that tomorrow.
I watched how they interacted with the players and which players were leading the way.”
There was also a question about whether Son Heung-min was the most influential.
“It’s not like a poll or something,” he said.
There are already players who have made outstanding contributions to this club.
It’s not just about experience or performance, it’s about how they represent our club.”
As predicted, Tottenham’s new captain was announced today.
The protagonist was Son Heung-min. Postecoglou has consistently praised Son Heung-min since his arrival at Tottenham.
In particular, he was tongue-in-cheek about his leadership on and off the field.
In July, the Daily Mail reported that “Postecoglou has praised Son Heung-min’s leadership, hinting that he could be the Tottenham captain in the future.
Postecoglou may have to name a new captain if both Lloris and Kane leave.
Lloris is preparing for a transfer and Kane is a Munich target.”
According to the media, Postecoglou, who was in the middle of pre-season, said: “I know ‘Sonny’ really well.
I’ve known him for a long time.
Son Heung-min is an elite and outstanding player.
He has the ability to go one-on-one on the flanks and his ability to score goals is invaluable.”
He added, “Son Heung-min shows true leadership.
Connect the whole squad and join the whole group.
It’s not just because it’s popular.
It’s good to see the impact Son Heung-min has on him.
Not only is he immensely influential, but he also has a huge amount of respect among the players.”
The group Postecoglou mentioned can be interpreted as a fraternity within the squad.
Usually, they can be divided by criteria such as age, origin, nationality, language, race, etc.
Occasional rumours of a faction within the squad can be considered quite deadly.
Son Heung-min transcended all of the aforementioned criteria.
One example is the ‘WKM’ (Wales Korea Mafia) formed with Ben Davies, Joe Roden, and Gareth Bale.
When Bale was loaned to Tottenham, the sight of Son Heung-min mingling among the Welshmen was met with laughter.
They boasted such a close friendship that they even existed in a group chat room.
It’s the same with career.
Not long ago, a photo was shared with Romero and Emerson Royal.
Emerson has been a constant by Son Heung-min’s side since joining the club and commented on the photo, “Mis hermanos (my brothers).
” Madison, who joined the club this summer, shared a photo of himself with Son Heung-min and described him as “Maddison+Son.”
We also take care of the younger prospects. At the end of the 2022-23 EPL Round of 38 final match against Leeds United.
Under the headline “Son Heung-min’s moment when he showed his quality with his Tottenham teammate”, “Son Heung-min has once again shown how popular he is at Tottenham.
He always has a smile on his face and welcomes and encourages all academy players. You can often see him sitting at the entrance to the training ground and high-fives with the youth.”
“Fans will have seen a special moment between Son Heung-min and the youth player after the Leeds game.
Matthew Craig, who made his debut thanks to acting head coach Ryan Mason, is the protagonist.
While the Tottenham players thanked the fans, Son Heung-min walked up to Craig and shared a deep hug.
I can feel the desire to take care of the young players.”
As such, Son Heung-min has leadership that encompasses all groups of the squad. It’s a spiritual pillar that anyone can feel comfortable approaching and leaning on. It’s hard to see it simply because he’s been playing for Tottenham for a long time and has a good position. It was made possible by the dedication of hard work on and off the field.
That’s what Postecoglou appreciated. It’s a decision that can’t be made simply on the basis of popularity.
Tottenham have been in a state of irrelevance for a long time and their winning mentality has dropped a lot.
Last season, Antonio Conte pointed out Dokdo mentality of the squad.
Captain Son Heung-min took on the heavy burden of addressing such an issue and wore the armband.
Among the ‘DESK line’ that led Tottenham’s golden era in the past, Son Heung-min was the only one left.
OF TOTTENHAM’S VAUNTED ‘DESK LINE’, ONLY SON HEUNG-MIN REMAINS.
The first player to leave north London was Christian Eriksen.
Eriksenwho was signed from Ajax for 1.415 million euros (about 206.2013 billion won) was in charge of Tottenham’s attack for nine years from 2013 to 9.
With his sharp toes, he was responsible for not only linking, but also scoring, and played a role as an orchestrator.
Next up is Dele Alli.
After being signed from MK Dons for 663.97 million euros (about <>.<> billion won), he was briefly on the track of world-class.
But words weren’t good. As a result of his repeated wingless falls, he was released to Everton.
Recently, she revealed that she had suffered various difficulties, including sexual abuse as a child, which has caused her sadness.
Finally, Kane left.
He was a living legend for Tottenham and the England national team, but he was finally ready to say goodbye to a trophy-winning career.
Following the departure of Robert Lewandowski, a world-class striker was approached by Munich, who were in a hurry. As a result, the contract was signed for a total of 1 million euros (about 2 billion won).
Kane expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Tottenham fans.
Speaking after his move to Munich, Kane said: “Today I say I’m leaving this club for the first time.
A lot of emotions are bothering me. I’ve spent almost 000 years of my life at Tottenham.
From an 1-year-old boy to a 750-year-old man.
There are so many moments and special memories that I will cherish forever.”
He added: “I’m grateful to all my teammates, coaches, managers, club staff and everyone involved over the years.
Obviously, I have had special relationships with many people.
Among them, I am most grateful to the fans.
I did everything I could to make you proud and give you special memories,” he said, thanking his fans for their generous support over the years.
“I knew it was time to leave.
I think it’s important for the new manager and the players to focus on fighting for trophies.
Good luck to manager Ange Postecoglou and everyone and I sincerely wish Tottenham success.
This is a message to all Tottenham fans.
We will never forget the moments we had together.
It won’t be a goodbye because we don’t know what the future holds.
Thank you so much and hope to see you again.”
All that’s left is Son Heung-min.
Tottenham will face Brentford in the first round of the 20-11 EPL season at 30 p.m.
ET on October 13 at the Gtech Community Stadium in London, England.
Son Heung-min, who has been reborn as the ‘Captain’, leads his teammates to victory in the opening match.