It’s no longer a dream. The race for the English Premier League (EPL) goalscoring title has begun. After Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) fulfilled his dream of becoming the EPL’s top scorer, Hwang Hee-chan (27, Wolverhampton) has joined the fray, reigniting the race to become the first Asian player to do so.
Through the 10th round of the 2023-24 EPL, Son and Hwang have scored the league’s eighth and sixth goals, respectively. Son is tied for second in the league in goals scored behind Manchester City’s Elling Holland (1-9), while Muhamed Salah (Liverpool) and Callum Wilson (Newcastle) are tied for third with seven goals. Hwang Hee-chan is tied for fifth with Alexander Isaac (Newcastle), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), and Brian Mbemo (Brentford). Although it’s early in the league, this is the first time a South Korean player has been in the “top five” of the EPL scoring rankings.
Tottenham captain Son Heung-min has been one of the best goal scorers this season, leading his team to the top of the league and an unbeaten record. He opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sept. 24 and followed it up with a late winner against Crystal Palace on Sept. 28 to secure a 2-1 victory. He has found the back of the net in every important game, including a hat-trick against Burnley last month, a multi-goal performance against Arsenal in the ‘North London Derby’ and a goal against Liverpool. As a result, Tottenham are currently top of the league with eight wins and two draws (26 points) and are in good enough shape to be considered favorites to win the title in the future.
It’s also a better start to the season than he had in 2021-22, when he was joint EPL top scorer with Salah (23 goals). After scoring just four goals through 10 rounds, he exploded in the 14th round. This season, he’ll play as a frontline striker instead of a winger, which should open up his scoring options even more. Former Arsenal legendary manager Arsène Wenger said, “Son’s move to the center of the field looks very good,” and predicted, “Tottenham have the potential to win the league this season.”
Hwang Hee-chan has also been outstanding. He scored the equalizer in the 26th minute of the 10th round home game against Newcastle on Nov. 28, after trailing 1-2, to rescue a 2-2 draw. It was the key to a four-match unbeaten streak. 토토사이트
Hwang hasn’t had much of a chance to start under Gary O’Neill this season, losing out to Fabio Silva. However, he has won the battle for a starting spot by scoring a goal every time he has been substituted for Silva. In particular, he has been in top form, scoring goals against the top five teams in the league, including Liverpool (1-3 L), Man City (2-1 W), Aston Villa (1-1 D), and Newcastle.
Hwang is currently on a goal-scoring tear. With six goals in 10 games, he has surpassed his previous career-high of five goals on debut in the 2021-22 season, and has also created a new club record for the first time in 146 years. He became the first Wolverhampton player to score in six consecutive home games since the club was founded in 1877. After scoring against Everton in the final home game of the regular season last season, Hwang has now scored in all five games at Anfield this season.
Hwang scored in the 1-1 draw with Fang.