Son came off the bench to score Tottenham’s last three goals, including some brilliant long-range finishes, in an emphatic victory that lifted them to second in the league table. Eredivisie.
It was Son’s ideal response after being suspended for failing to score in his previous eight appearances.
Hat trick ✅Hero ✅ https://t.co/l4EPsgSHW7
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 1663448430000
Just days after Tottenham manager Antonio Conte warned that no player could be lost, Dejan Kulusevski replaced Son, who finished as joint top scorer in the Premier League last season.
Explaining Son’s omission, Conte said, “We had to start making rotations because it’s not good to have the same players in all games.”
The 30-year-old’s highs showed he won’t sulk if Conte wants to take him out of the line of fire.
“My finish has been bad this season. I also had a bit of bad luck,” said Son.
🎙 “I came up and I thought ‘I just want to help'” Hear from the hat-trick hero on our #TOTLEI review show ⤵️
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 1663451783000
“I was very disappointed, but I knew the goal was coming and I wasn’t worried about it. I worked hard and always want to help the team.”
“I always have great supporters behind me and great staff. This makes me always believe and make me strong in these difficult moments. I get emotional to be honest, with the great support.”
It was the perfect night for Tottenham, who recovered on Tuesday after losing their first eight games this season when Sporting Lisbon scored twice in stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win in the Champions League.
Tottenham’s fifth win in seven league games put them above Arsenal and level with league leaders Manchester City.
A day @Sonny7 will never forget 💭@SpursOfficial | #TOTLEI https://t.co/0zneTu1OLR
— Premier League (@premierleague) 1663440494000
At the bottom of the table Leicester’s sixth straight defeat will add to the pressure on boss Brendan Rodgers.
“It was a very difficult start. It is my responsibility. Whatever happens to me at Leicester, whether I stay and fight on, I will always respect them,” said Rodgers.
Beleaguered Leicester had caught the boy when Davinson allowed Sanchez a dot with an unnecessary lunge on James Justin.
Hugo Lloris saved a penalty from Youri Tielemans, but VAR showed that the Tottenham keeper had stepped off his line for the kick, giving the Belgian midfielder a second chance which he gratefully converted.
Man City and Spurs keep their unbeaten start 💪 https://t.co/8njWZOzUF7
— Premier League (@premierleague) 1663442340000
Since spending a disappointing loan spell at Leicester early in his career, Harry Kane had tormented the Foxes with 19 goals against them before this last encounter.
Kane brought that number to 20 as the England captain escaped Timothy Castagne’s limp mark to meet Kulusevski’s crotch with a clinical far-post header in the eighth minute.
Leicester’s weakness in aerial duels was again exposed in the 21st minute when Eric Dier ran over his marker to score with a nice header from a corner by Ivan Perisic.
Rodgers’ side equalized with a bolt of lightning when James Maddison met a cross from Castagne with a half volley that bent over Lloris into the far corner in the 41st minute.
But the turning point came when Wilfred Ndidi allowed himself to be expropriated deep in his own half by Rodrigo Bentancur in the 47th minute.
The Uruguayan midfielder drove forward and hit a fierce finish past Danny Ward from the edge of the area for his first Tottenham goal since the Juventus signing.
A ✨Son-sational✨ hat-trick!@Sonny7 | @SpursOfficial | #TOTLEI https://t.co/mPE7b6avQi
— Premier League (@premierleague) 1663439700000
Son replaced Richarlison in the 59th minute and stole the spotlight when he scored his much anticipated goal in the 73rd minute.
Son received a pass from Bentancur 30 yards from goal, moved purposefully and shot a brilliant finish into the top corner, but that was just the beginning.
Son was singled out by Kane in the 84th minute and repeated his long range magic as he bowed a stunning attack past Ward from 20 yards.
Two minutes later, Son sprinted to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s pass for a cool finish that survived a VAR check for offside, while the South Korean celebrated by raising three fingers triumphantly.