SON: SUB­STANCE OVER STYLE

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

SON HE­UNG-MIN sported a shock of dyed yel­low hair at the last World Cup in Brazil to stand out from the crowd, but four years on in Rus­sia the South Korean for­ward is opt­ing for sub­stance over style as he bids to live up to lofty ex­pec­ta­tions. “I feel great when peo­ple say good things about me,” Yon­hap News quoted Son as say­ing af­ter a train­ing ses­sion yes­ter­day. “But what’s im­por­tant is that I have to show it on the pitch. I know lots of peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions are on me, so I also feel re­spon­si­bil­ity.” The 25-year-old was re­al­is­tic about the chal­lenge fac­ing the Kore­ans, who have strug­gled to put two de­cent performances to­gether in a build-up that in­cluded an im­pres­sive win over Hon­duras and in­sipid losses to Bos­nia and Sene­gal. “I think we’re the weak­est team in our group,” said Son, adding that he hoped to make peo­ple re­mem­ber his name for his performances rather than his hair­style in Rus­sia.

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