Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min was named the Premier League Player of the Year on Thursday night’s 2019 London Football Awards.
The 26-year-old scooped the top prize in light of his impressive form this season for both Spurs and South Korea.
In light of the absence of Harry Kane, Son has proven to be an invaluable member of the Spurs team with 16 goals and nine assists in 34 appearances across all competitions.
This has led even led to former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas to claim that Son has even outperformed Kane for the past two years.
Aside from that, Son also helped South Korea win gold at the 2018 Asian Games and can now continue his football career without the need to do military service for his country.
And Son’s profile received another boost on Thursday night after beating team-mate Kane, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend for the Premier League Player of the Year award.
“It means a lot,” said Son on the club website.
“For me, it’s special, my first award (of this kind). Many players have not won this trophy so for me it’s really, really special, especially because such big names have won this award (in the past). It means a lot and I’m very happy to win.”
Meanwhile, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino also won big in the London Football Awards by beating Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri, Watford’s Javi Gracia, Charlton Athletic’s Lee Bowyer and Arsenal Ladies’ Joe Montemurro to the Manager of the Year crown.
“I am so happy,” said Pochettino.
“For me, it’s a great honour and I know that it means a lot. I want to say thank you to the Willow Foundation, Bob and Megs (Wilson, Willow founders) and I think it’s so important and I am so proud to be here and share this type of event together with a lot of legends and some amazing people.”
As for Son’s big win, Pochettino added: “I think it’s fantastic. He is doing a fantastic job, he is having an amazing season and we feel so proud.
“I feel so proud of all my squad, of course, but in that case, Sonny won the award, Premier League Player of the Year, and I am so happy for him because he deserves it.”
The winner of the London Football Awards Premier League Player of the Year is Son Heung-min. 👏🏆 pic.twitter.com/RO2Jm4uhvJ
— Tottenham News (@Spurs_fl) February 28, 2019