Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son has been named the Premier League Player of the Year at the 2019 London Football Awards. The South Korean was awarded the top gong for his stunning form this season that has seen him score 16 goals in 34 games in all competitions. The 26-year-old, who also helped his country to win gold at the 2018 Asian Games, has been a key part of a Spurs side that are close to reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
Son claimed the award ahead of team-mate and last year’s winner Harry Kane, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend.
The award was given to Son by a panel of 22 experts including ex-players such as Bobby Zamora, Bob Wilson and Tony Cottee. Away from the Premier League, Brentford’s Neal Maupay scooped the Football League Player of the Year award for London-based teams.
The Bees forward has scored 22 goals in 37 games in all competitions this season and that form helped him beat off competition from Millwall striker Lee Gregory, QPR midfielder Luke Freeman and Charlton’s Karlan Grant and Lyle Taylor.
Former England international Joe Cole has given a warning to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino over his latest silverware comments. Ahead of Tottenham’s defeat to Chelsea, Pochettino, who has been in charge at Spurs for almost five years, said he believes it could take the same time again to change the mentality at the club to one which can challenge for the Premier League title. Back-to-back defeats against Burnley and Chelsea mean Tottenham are now nine points off leaders Liverpool, while the likes Of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all closing in on third place position they currently occupy.
Speaking on BT Sport, Cole said: “If I’m Harry Kane and Dele Alli and my manager says we’re five, 10 years away from winning a trophy, I’m on the phone to my agent. “He’s [Pochettino] made an improvement, but I don’t see him making a change in the mentality at Spurs, because you’re still seeing the same problems where you expect things like they’ll lose to Burnley at the weekend.
All your quality English players, like your Winks’ and your Kanes and your Allis, have their sights set on winning Premier League titles. I’d personally think: ‘he thinks we’re…’ you know.”