Son Heung Min's Pursuit of Premier League Golden Boot Dealt Major Blow After Conte's Blunt Statement

Son Heung Min's Pursuit of Premier League Golden Boot Dealt Major Blow After Conte's Blunt Statement

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:02 PM
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  • Son is having one of the most prolific seasons in his Premier League career and is in position to win the golden boot
  • The South Korean has 21 goals to his name in the league, and none of them have come from the penalty spot
  • Antonio Conte spoke on Son’s chances of winning the golden boot, where he ruled out the possibility of the forward taking a penalty against Norwich on Sunday

Heung mIn Son has been dealt a blow in his pursuit for the Premier League golden boot as Antonio Conte confirmed Harry Kane would remain on set piece duty ahead of the last round of matches on Sunday.

Son is currently enjoying his best-ever season in the Premier League, having netted 21 goals in the campaign so far.

More impressively, none of his 21 goals has been from the penalty spot, and the South Korean is closely behind top scorer Mohammed Salah in the charts.

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Son Heung Min will not be on penalty duty on Sunday, despite his hunt for the Golden Boot. Photo: Getty.
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Son will try to overtake Salah when Tottenham play Norwich City on Sunday, but he will have to do it from open play, as he has done the entire campaign.

Speaking ahead of the game, Conte addressed the penalty situation within his team as he insisted Kane would remain the designated taker as the team’s interest remains first.

“Before (personal interest) there is the interest of the team and Harry Kane is our player who has to kick. If there is this opportunity Kane has to kick. “ Conte said as quoted by The Mirror.
“Then I am pleased for Sonny, he deserves to stay in this position, but don’t forget the first interest is the target of the team not personal targets, the personal target comes later.
“I am the first person to be happy to have a player in my team win the Golden Boot, I am the first. But if you ask me to pick one of these two, you know which is my answer. I also know Sonny’s answer.”

Tottenham’s fate is in their own hands as far as the race for a top four finish is concerned and they only need to win against an already relegated Norwich to secure Champions League football for next season.

Arteta hoping for final day miracle

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta still holds out hope that his Arsenal side can manage a miracle to end the season in the top four.

The Gunners have lost two consecutive matches and lie 2 points behind North London rivals Tottenham heading into the final matchday

Arteta is hoping Norwich can do the Gunners a favour by defeating their North London rivals and insists he will be cheering for the Canaries.

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