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Son becomes first Asian player to score 50 Premier League goals

The 27-year-old needed just 151 appearances to reach the milestone for Tottenham as he found the net against Aston Villa on Sunday

Tottenham star Son Heung-min became the first Asian player to score 50 goals in the Premier League after his effort against Aston Villa.

The South Korea international netted in first-half stoppage time at Villa Park on Sunday to reach the milestone and give his side a 2-1 lead after Toby Alderweireld netted for both sides early in the game. Bjorn Engels then levelled matters again with a goal for the home side just eight minutes into the second period.

It is the fifth game in a row in all competitions in which Son has scored for Jose Mourinho’s team and it also brought him up to half a century of goals in the English top-flight.

The 27-year-old needed just 151 appearances to reach that milestone.

Son, who has now scored eight times in the league this season and netted on 15 occasions in all competitions, has long been the most prolific Asian to have graced the Premier League. He has also made more assists in the division than anyone else from the continent.

Former Manchester United star Park Ji-sung had been the most famous Asian in the league until Son’s arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

Park spent seven years at Old Trafford, scoring a total of 19 goals and laying on 21 assists in 154 Premier League matches. In that period he won four league titles and one Champions League crown with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

Ex-Swansea and Newcastle man Ki Sung-yueng is the third most productive with 15 strikes and nine assists in 187 games, while Japan forward Shinji Okazaki needed just 114 matches to score 14 times in the league for Leicester before he left to join Malaga last summer.

After the clash with Aston Villa, Tottenham are in action again on Wednesday when they host RB Leipzig for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

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