Hwang Hee Chan, “The Bull”, is Wolves new South Korean striker on loan from RB Leipzig with an option to buy.
To some he maybe an unknown quantity, but he comes to Wolves with some valuable experience in the Champions League, Europa League as well as the national team where he helped win a gold medal at the Asia games. As a big FIFA fan I know of “The Bull” because he was a bit of an rough diamond on the previous game.
If you cast your mind back a few seasons you may remember Hwang playing for Red Bull Salzburg against Liverpool at Anfield and scoring a cracking goal and providing a great assist.
During that Champions League campaign, he was involved in 8 of Salzburgs goals: 3 goals, 3 assists and winning 2 penalties. That season was his best season he’s had to date scoring 16 goals and providing 22 assists in 40 appearances. During that season he was also playing alongside Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino, before both Hwang and Haaland both left Salzburg for the Bundesliga.
Unfortunately his career has stagnated a little since joining RB Leipzig. In his two seasons with Leipzig he made 29 appearances for the club scoring just 3 times, all 3 coming in the DFB-Pokal. Luckily for Wolves and Hwang himself, age is on his side as he is still only 25. Hopefully this season he can make an impact for the club and for himself like in Austria.
I cannot imagine Hwang playing week in week out as our starting striker over Jimenez, but he is arguably more ready to be a game changer off the bench than young Fabio Silva currently is. I hope this doesn’t mean Fabio is dropping down the pecking order as that will damage his career but it will take some of the pressure off the Portuguese starlet.
If the fee is reasonable and Hwang has a good season I don’t see any reason why we will not sign him permanently. On the pitch, if he can replicate his form at Salzburg, Wolves potentially have an astute finisher who can convert the chances they are currently creating.
Off the pitch Hwang is a dream for Fosun, from a marketing perspective, opening up a new opportunity to draw in more fans from Korea. As a brand Wolves are ever expanding and having a reasonably high profile Asian footballer added to the list of players playing for Wolves is just another branch to the tree which is forever outgrowing anything we could’ve ever imagined.
Who knows, Wolves might even have a South Korea inspired third kit next season!
“The Bull” will never replace our Bully but it to have another striker with a similar nickname sets him up for success but also with very very big shoes to fill. Although Hwang will almost certainly not reach the legendary heights Bully’s Wolves career, we can only hope we have a player on our hands who may emulate Raul Jimenez’s impact at the club.
Up the Hwang!!
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