“I don’t know why people doubt him” - pundit praises Tottenahm striker who equals Adebayor and Lukaku record

Son Heung-min came off the bench to score a hat-trick in Spurs’ 6-2 demolition of Leicester City and joined an exclusive list of Premier League players in doing so.

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It had been a slow start to the 2022/23 campaign for Son Heung-min as the South Korean international failed to score in the opening eight games.

However, the 30-year old ended his goalless run in brilliant fashion yesterday as Spurs demolished Leicester City 6-2 with Son bagging a hat-trick.

Having started the game on the bench he joins an exclusive list of Premier League players to have accomplished the feat of coming on and netting three or more goals.

Not only that but the praise has been flowing in for the Tottenham forward including from another former Premier League striker...

“That quality never leaves you” - pundit praises hat-trick hero Son

Speaking on BBC Match of the Day, former Manchester United and Aston Villa forward Dion Dublin was full of praise for Son.

With host Gary Lineker addressing Son’s “dip in form”, Dublin said: “We know how good he is, that quality never leaves you.

“He will always find scoring positions and will always work hard for the team.

“I don’t know why people doubt him, he’s got all the qualities you could wish for.”

Son also became just the seventh player in the history of the Premier League to score a hat-trick after starting a match on the bench.

The first player to accomplish the feat was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United against Nottingham Forest in February 1999.

Solskjaer netted four and six other players, including Son, have since scored three after coming on from the bench.

The Spurs striker was also the first player to accomplish a substitute hat-trick in the Premier League in seven years.

The other five players are: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea v Wolves 2004), Robert Earnshaw (Charlton v West Brom 2005), Emmanuel Adebayor (Derby v Arsenal 2008), Romelu Lukaku (West Brom v Man Utd 2013) and Steven Naismith (Everton v Chelsea 2015).

Now in his eighth season as a Tottenham Hotspur player, Son has scored a total of 134 goals in all competitions for the North London club.