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SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) — Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min has become the top scorer in the Premier League, with his league-leading eighth goal giving his team a tight 1-0 victory.
In an away game against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, Britain, on Monday (local time), Son headed in from close range after a headed pass from his English teammate Harry Kane in the 76th minute.
The winner is Son’s eighth goal in the league’s 2020-21 season and helped him take the lead in the Premier League scoring table, outnumbering Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton with seven and Patrick Bamford of Leeds United with six.
“I’m glad and delighted to win at this difficult place on Monday night. I’m more than happy to get three points,” he said in a video message uploaded to Tottenham’s Twitter account. “Next is the Europa League. Go Spurs!”
Tottenham will have a Europa League group stage match against Royal Antwerp FC on Friday, and Son is seeking to extend his scoring streak to five games at the continental competition.
The South Korean attacker has scored 10 goals throughout this season, including two goals at the Europa League, to mark the fifth consecutive year of scoring at least 10 goals in a year.
It is also the 29th time that the prolific Son-Kane pair have combined for a Premier League goal. They are behind the pair of Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard who had linked up a record 36 times for league goals in total.
Thanks to Son’s goal, Tottenham picked up a 1-0 win and rose to the fifth place on the 2020-21 Premier League standing.