Tottenham star Son Heung-min says he would give up winning the Premier League Golden Boot in order for his side to qualify for the Champions League next season.
he South Korean is enjoying his best season to date, scoring his 21st league goal in Spurs’ 3-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday night.
He is just a foot behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race and is the formman who has scored ten goals in his last eight games.
That form helped Spurs slip into top-four contention with two games to go, but Son would give it all up if it meant his side earning Champions League qualification.
When asked if he would trade more goals for a place in the top four, he said: “Yes, 100 percent.
“Obviously it’s good that you’re racing, but I’ve said a couple of times that finishing in the top four is more important (more) than anything.
“It would be nice, but it’s important for us to finish in the top four.”
Son was substituted in the second half of the derby, much to his displeasure.
Boss Antonio Conte claimed Son has promised he will score in Sunday’s clash with Burnley which starts at 12pm, something the 29-year-old hopes to deliver.
“I’m always not happy when I get off because I want to be on the pitch because I love playing football and I want to help the team,” he said.
“I can understand that in hindsight, but at the moment you’re not angry, you’re frustrated because you’re passionate about the pitch.
“I can understand why because we have a really fast game on Sunday. I can’t promise I’ll score but I’ll do my best and I’ll do my best for the team and if I don’t score I’ll do my best.
“To be honest, if you look at the schedule, it’s insane. We play Thursday night and Sunday with a really early kick off.
“It’s a really quick turnaround, we have to do everything we can to recover, good food, good sleep, that’s the most important thing and then we’ll get ready to go again.
“It would always be good to have a night kick-off but when you win the early kick-off it’s always good.
“It feels like you’re waking up and playing the game. Especially from Thursday to Sunday it goes very quickly. But that’s the schedule, we can’t change it and we have to be prepared for any situation we’re going to do.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/spurs-star-son-heung-min-prioritises-top-four-finish-over-golden-boot-41649143.html Spurs star Son Heung-min prioritizes top four finish over golden boot