Son Heung-min

Son Heung-min is a goalscorer and that's all that really matters now

Sean Walsh
Son scored a double against West Ham
Son scored a double against West Ham / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
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From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - The hardest part of football is the simplest to pinpoint. Putting the ball in the back of the net is the most important aspect of the game and goals are essentially the only currency that matter.

It's why star players are forwards, it's why the most watched videos from this sport out there are goal compilations, it's why they get rewarded with the most points in Fantasy Football (an independent inquiry needs to be opened into how 'bonus points' are allocated but that's for another time).

For nine of the last ten seasons, Son Heung-min has reached double figures of goals in whatever domestic league he was playing, and he is only the 13th player in history to achieve such a feat for six successive Premier League campaigns.

With a brace on Sunday against West Ham - which made Southampton and Borussia Dortmund the only remaining teams he has scored more goals against - Son moved level with Diogo Jota in the Golden Boot race, tying the Portuguese on 13 goals. No player in the league that isn't contracted to Liverpool has scored more than him.

Yet sometimes it feels like there's an over-analysis of his game. That's not helped when contrasted to Harry Kane - someone who excels in pretty much every aspect of being a forward-thinking player, let alone a striker.

Son's reliable durability over the years is now coming back to bite him in some ways. The minutes on his body clock have made him clunkier and are starting to take that quick first step away from him - though as best demonstrated in the 89th minute of Sunday's 3-1 win, he can still gallop away from all-comers when given the space to do so.

The South Korean superstar will turn 30 this summer and will inevitably begin to tail off more and more physically each year from now. One of the Premier League's most entertaining players ever could become an eyesore if he believes he can skin every man he faces, if the first yard in his head remains only in his head. In truth, it's starting to happen already.

But as long as he keeps finding the net, that shouldn't matter. There aren't many wide players who are easy on the eye after entering their 30s. Hell, even Cristiano Ronaldo redefined his style to cover up for this decline to his game.

Son remains a menace even if he isn't making defenders tumble into each other. He probably has enough good-will in the bank to make the opposition think he's better on the ball than he actually is for a little while longer yet anyway.

Strip away Son's physical advantages and you still have one of the world's deadliest forwards, a sniper capable of hurting teams from distance, an assassin that's forced himself into becoming ambidextrous. He should age well in terms of scoring output, but you're just going to have to deal with the rough and edgy exteriors of his maturing game, too.

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