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Son praised Kane after duo set Premier League record

Son Heung-min was lost for words to hail Harry Kane after the Tottenham duo set a Premier League record in the 4-0 thrashing of Leeds United.

First-half goals from Matt Doherty, Dejan Kulusevski and Kane, had Antonio Conte’s side in cruise control at Elland Road on Saturday.

Not satisfied with just a goal to his name, Kane delivered an inviting pass over the top of Leeds’ shaky defence in the 85th minute, with Son racing through before finishing with ease.

It was the 37th time that the Spurs pair have directly combined for a top-flight goal since Son’s arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

That link-up saw them surpass the long-standing Premier League set by Chelsea pair Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

It was also the 20th time Kane and Son have directly combined away from home in the Premier League.

Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg are their nearest challengers in second with a tally of 16.

After another masterful performance, South Korean international Son struggled to find the words to describe his attacking partner.

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Son praised Kane after duo set Premier League record

Son said:

“What can I say more about Harry? I think any compliment, and I’m gone.

“I can’t say any more words about him. You can say ‘superb’. You can say ‘phenomenal’. It’s not enough for me.

“I’ve played together with him for a long time, and I’m still looking at him and thinking, ‘Wow, this is unbelievable, you know?

“So I think the words are not enough for me. He’s just an unreal player. I’m really happy to work with him every day, and playing together is a big honour.”

Kane endured a lean spell of scoring form at the start of the 2021-22 season after seemingly having his head turned by interest from defending top-flight champions Manchester City.

The England captain found the net just once in his first 13 games of the new Premier League season but has since returned seven goals in his last 11 league outings, and Son continued in his praise for his team-mate.

Son praised Kane after duo set Premier League record

Son added:

“When you think a striker is consistently scoring goals and a number 10 is also making assists, he can do both for two or three seasons.

“He wants to improve for himself. This is his ability, and he’s so good to watch. He can play number 10 number nine. Whatever we need. To have a striker like this is massive.

“He’s doing so well, we’re glad to have him, and we can still help him as well to get many goals.

“He’s a striker, and he’s still hungry for goals and big things as a team. We need to help him, work for him, create chances for him. This is a team thing.”

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Son praised Kane after duo set Premier League record

Kane and Son, though, are yet to lift a trophy with the north London club, with Spurs currently sitting seventh in the Premier League – five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who have played twice more.

Conte’s side is still in contention for the FA Cup, in which they face Middlesbrough away in the fifth round on Tuesday, and Son acknowledged his side would have to battle.

Son continued:

“It’s not just Harry, and everyone wants to win. Everyone does.

“To win a trophy, you need to suffer a lot.

“I play for the win. Of course, I want to enjoy playing football, but there’s a winner and a loser at the end of the day.

“This game is a long way from the FA Cup final, but everyone, every team wants to win. But who suffers more, I think, wins.

“It means a lot to me. I’m going to work hard and play hard for the team, myself, and the club. I think it means a lot. I can’t say what winning a trophy for this club means. It’s going to be incredible.

“But we need to suffer a lot.”

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