Hwang Hee-chan (27, Wolverhampton Wanderers) has overcome doubters to emerge as the best player in the game, and ‘big man’ Steve Bull (58) is smiling with pride at his performance.
Britain’s ‘Molineux News’ reported on the 15th, “Experts say ‘brilliant’ Hwang Hee-chan is finally breaking through. The Bulls believe he has found his best position under coach Gary O’Neill and have lavished praise on him for becoming a key part of the team.”
Hwang is off to his best start of the season. He has scored five goals in eight Premier League (PL) games, and has also netted six times in the League Cup, including one in the first leg. This ties his ‘career high’ from his first season at Wolverhampton in the opening two months.
He’s also been incredibly decisive. Hwang has scored five goals from just 12 shots in the PL. His goal conversion rate is a whopping 42%. Despite having an expected goal (xG) of just 1.2, Hwang has found the back of the net five times, tied for fourth in the league.
He’s also earned a new nickname: “Korean Guy. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola called him “Korean Guy” after he couldn’t remember his name correctly. Hwang also made a name for himself by scoring the game-winning goal against City, creating a huge buzz in England.
Wolverhampton’s legendary goalie, Bull, also applauded Hwang’s performance, as he led the club from the fourth tier to the PL promotion playoffs and holds the record for most goals in club history. He scored 306 goals in 561 games across all competitions in a Wolverhampton shirt and remains an honorary vice-chairman of the club.
Bull told the Express & Star: “At the end of last season and the start of this season, Hwang was not playing in the right position. But now he is playing in the right position and has a smile on his face.”
“The player knows the position that suits him best. I think Coach O’Neill has now found a position where Hwang feels comfortable and is most threatening.”
“He’s playing freely, scoring goals, creating goals. He’s in form. In the summer, there were questions about where he would fit in, but now he’s in unbelievable form.”
Molineux News added: “Hwang has been appreciated by every manager since he arrived at Wolverhampton. But under O’Neill, he’s showing really, really good signs. He praised Hwang’s tactical understanding and awareness as ‘excellent’ and added: “They clearly work well together. I can’t wait to see how far she can go this season.” 스포츠토토
“Hwang has become a key player for Wolverhampton. He was the subject of transfer speculation last summer, and there was a lot of interest. But I’m really glad he stayed in the team in the end, because he’s been really good.”
Now he just needs to watch out for injury concerns. “All that’s left is for him to stay healthy,” concluded Molyneux. If I can do that, Hwang Hee