Son Heung-min will have to surpass Elling Holland and Mohamed Salah to become the Premier League (PL) top scorer again.
SCORE90, a soccer news website, used information from betting site BET360 on Thursday to predict the PL top scorer for the 2023-24 season. According to the site, the most likely candidate is Elling Holland. Holland, who was also the top scorer last season, received a whopping 72% of the votes to be the favorite. Salah was second with 12%.
Son Heung-min was third. Heung-min was the top scorer in the PL in 2021-22 with 23 goals. After scoring just 10 goals last season, Heung-min has improved his tally this season. He already has eight. He scored a hat-trick against Burnley, followed by a multi-goal performance in the North London derby against Arsenal. He also scored against Liverpool and found the back of the net against Fulham and Crystal Palace. With eight goals, he is second in the PL scoring charts.
It’s a better start to the season than in 2021-22, when he was the top scorer. Heung-min scored four goals in the 10th round of the 2021-22 season. At the time, Heung-min was the top scorer with 23 goals, including a four-game goal streak in December and 12 goals in the final nine games of the season. That’s why the expectations for Son are getting higher and higher.
Enze Postecoglou sees him as an outright frontline option. With Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich and the ongoing inconsistency of Xherdan Shaqiri, Son will continue to play up front. In a recent interview, Postecoglou said, “I’ve watched Son for a long time and he’s a very good finisher and very clever. He has the work rate and pressure that a striker needs. He has all the qualities we need in our team. I think his goalscoring ability will improve in the future. He’s a huge asset for us.”
The more he is used as a striker, the more likely he is to score. Expectations are high, but with Holland in such great form and Salah in peak scoring 안전놀이터 form, Son has only received 8% of the votes. To improve his chances, Son will need to continue his goal-scoring form.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa striker Olly Watkins is at 3% and Julian Alvarez, who is coexisting with Holland, is at 2%. Hwang Hee-chan, who has scored six goals, was not mentioned.