SON: SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE
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.