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Son Heung-Min’s goal drought wiped out with magnificent 14-minute hat-trick

14 magical minutes. That was all it took for beleaguered last season’s Golden Boot winner Heung-min Son to score his superb hat-trick in the 6-2 win over Leicester to get back onto the Premier League scoreboard.

Tottenham forward Son has dramatically ended his Premier League goal drought this season with a sensational 14-minute hat-trick on Saturday after having been benched by Spurs manager Antonio Conte for the first time in 2022/23 but reacted in spectacular style after replacing the player who had taken his place in the starting XI, Richarlison, just short of the hour mark. Definitely a hint of poetic justice, to say the least, for the South Korea national.

With Spurs 3-2 up at that point and looking a touch nervy, Son completely changed the tenor of the game with a flourish of his trademark superb running and fabulous finishing.

The South Korean, co-winner of the Golden Boot for the Premier League’s top scorer with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah last season, registered his first climactic goal of the new campaign with a sizzling right-footed riposte from distance in the 73rd minute.

Son then followed up his class act by curling in an equally stunning second with his left from the edge of the area capitalising on a Harry Kane pass in the 84th minute.

The resurrected striker completed his hat-trick two minutes later with his final goal of the match coming as he latched onto a pass from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and beat Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward, but not without first having a nervous wait as the strike was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR check confirmed he had been just onside.

Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur were also on target for Spurs, still unbeaten and now in second place behind Manchester City only on goal difference.