Son Heung-min to be new captain for ninth season
2nd Korean captain in EPL after Park Ji-sung
“I want the best for the team, I won’t let them down”
Coach “Great leadership ideal choice”
Son Heung-min performs the “snap” gesture with the index fingers of both hands to show off the Tottenham captain’s armband that will be worn on his arm during the 2023-24 English Premier League (EPL) season, which kicked off on Wednesday. 토토 Son also captains the South Korean national soccer team.
In his ninth season in the English Premier League (EPL), Son Heung-min, 31, is the new captain of Tottenham Hotspur. It’s only the second time in 11 years that a South Korean player has captained a team in the EPL. Park Ji-Sung, who made his EPL debut in a Manchester United jersey, was the captain of the 2012-2013 season when he played for the Queensland Cranes. In total, 16 South Koreans have played or are currently playing in the EPL, including Son Heung-min.
On the opening day of the 2023-2024 EPL season, Tottenham announced on its website that it had appointed Son Heung-min as the team’s new captain. The club explained that Son “has the qualifications to be captain,” citing his 23 goals in the 2021-2022 season as the EPL’s top scorer. “He is a player who is well-liked by Tottenham fans, and expectations are high,” said the Evening Standard in its coverage of Son’s selection. The vice-captains are defender Christian Romero, 25, and midfielder James Maddison, 27. Maddison, who played for Leicester City until last season, joined Tottenham in the summer transfer window.
Upon being named captain, Son said, “It’s an honor to captain such a huge club. It’s an amazing and proud moment,” he said, adding, “I won’t disappoint. As a captain and a player, I will take responsibility and do my best for the team,” he said. To his teammates, he said, “Let’s move towards the same goal with the same steps. 안전놀이터 Let’s work together and build a good team.” His teammates greeted the new captain with applause.
Ange Postecoglou, 58, who took over as Spurs boss ahead of the season, called Son the “ideal choice” for the role. “He shows great leadership on and off the pitch,” he said, “He’s not just a popular player, he’s world-class.” “He’s respected by everyone in the locker room,” he added, “and we took into account his captaincy of the South Korean national team and his achievements at Spurs.”
Son became captain of the South Korean national soccer team in September 2018, during the reign of Paulo Bento. He has continued to wear the captain’s armband since his successor, Jürgen Klinsmann, took charge of the national team. Son is the longest-serving captain of the South Korean men’s national soccer team.
Tottenham have already lost goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 37, who served as captain for eight seasons until last season. The Tottenham captain’s armband was expected to be taken over by Harry Kane, 30, who is also the captain of the England national team, 스포츠토토 but Kane left the club for Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga just before the start of the new season.