As the clock ticked toward the 94th minute at Villa Park, it looked like Belgian defender Bjorn Engels’ 53rd-minute header would earn Aston Villa a priceless point in their fight against relegation. Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min had other ideas. In a cruel twist of fate, it was Engels’ stoppage-time error that let the South Korean in on goal to snatch the three points for José Mourinho’s side.
As Son wheeled away in celebration and the away supporters erupted into raptures, no one expected the news that followed the game: Son had broken his arm in the first minute of the contest. He has not played a game since.
Son had been the driving force of Spurs’ attack this season – his 0.55 goal contributions (expected goals plus expected assists) per 90 minutes and shots (3.29) per 90 are team-high totals. It is no surprise that a team already struggling with injuries have gone six games without a win in his absence.
Son’s strike in the first half against Aston Villa made him the first Asian player to reach the 50-goal milestone. In this edition of our Opta Data Dive series, we use a mix of traditional and advanced Stats Perform metrics to analyse the impact Son has made during his time in the competition.
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