‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (31) has great love for fans. They bring positive energy on and off the pitch.
Tottenham played the opening game of the 2023-2024 season English Premier League (EPL먹튀검증 ) away with Brentford at the Community Stadium in Brentford, England on the 13th (Korean time). Normally, players gather in a circle before kick-off, put their shoulders together, listen to the captain’s encouragement, and hold a ‘hurdle’ to strengthen their resolve. On this day, the Tottenham players’ hurdle positions were different and attracted attention. Players, including captain Son Heung-min, approached the Tottenham cheering booth, not in the center of the Tottenham camp, and greeted the fans after making a hurdle. Fans responded with applause to the players who came close and cheered them on throughout the game.
On this day, Tottenham took the lead with Christian Romero’s opening goal, but Brentford’s Brian Mbemo and Yoan Wissa conceded consecutive goals and were reversed. However, at the end of the match, Emerson Royal scored a golden equalizer and took a valuable point in the enemy area.
After the match, Tottenham’s vice-captain James Madison drew attention by revealing that the idea for the hurdles, which were in a different position than usual, was suggested by Son Heung-min. England’s ‘Football London’ said on the same day, “Son Heung-min texted the night before the game that he had a good idea for the fans. He continued, “It was to let them know that we are together. We thanked the fans and showed that we are always there for them. The fans must have been grateful as well.” “Son Heung-min’s good idea gave us a positive start,” said Madison.
Tottenham announced a new captain ahead of the opening of the league on the 13th. This is because former captain Hugo Lloris is likely to leave the team, and vice-captain Harry Kane hastily confirmed a transfer to Bayern Munich and left for Germany. Tottenham chose Son Heung-min as their new captain without hesitation. The vice-captain was ‘transfer student’ Madison and center back Christian Romero. As a result, Son Heung-min became the captain of the EPL team for the second time after Park Ji-sung of Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the 2012-2013 season.
“It’s such a great honor to captain this huge club. It’s a very amazing and proud moment,” said Son Heung-min. I promise to give my all.”
Regarding the appointment of Son Heung-min as captain, Tottenham manager Enze Postecoglu said, “He has great leadership both on and off the pitch. Having a new captain is ideal. Everyone knows Heung-Min Son is a world-class player. Great respect for all players, even in the locker room. It’s not just because Son Heung-min is popular, he has achieved a lot here and as the captain of the Korean national team.”
Praise for Madison, the vice-captain who revealed the ‘Son Heung-min story’, continues. Madison saved the team from defeat with two assists in the last game against Brentford. He played as an attacking midfielder under Son Heung-min, Richarlison, and Dejan Klusepski Topsree.
Son Heung-min is warming up. /AFPBBNews=News1
Since the departure of Christian Eriksen in 2020, Tottenham has been constantly arguing that they need a midfielder to play creatively and pass in midfield. Madison has exactly scratched where Tottenham have been itching. He led Tottenham’s attack with sharp movements and quality passes in midfield.
Tottenham’s opening goal was made at Madison’s toes. In the 10th minute of the first half, Madison took a free kick from a long distance and stabbed it in front of the goal as a kicker, and Romero shook the net with a header. Tottenham, who had been drawn 1-2, scored again with Madison’s pass. In the 5th minute of added time in the first half, Madison defended the ball in the opponent’s arc circle despite the opponent’s rough defense and passed it to Royal next to him, and Royal scored the equalizer with a non-stop shot.
Madison, who became vice-captain as soon as he transferred, is expected to show good chemistry with captain Son Heung-min on and off the pitch. Son Heung-min, who came to Tottenham in 2015, has been living in Tottenham for 9 seasons. Eric Dier and Ben Davies are the only players who have spent more time at Tottenham than Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min is firmly uniting the team in the trust of the players and fans.