Wolves: Liam Keen delivers promising verdict on Hwang Hee-chan

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Wolves journalist Liam Keen has praised forward Hwang Hee-chan following his performance at the weekend.

The South Korean, who signed for the club on a season-long loan this summer from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, scored twice at the weekend as Bruno Lage’s side picked up their third win of the season against Newcastle United.

It was the 25-year-old’s second and third goals of the season, meaning that he has already matched the return that he had in 2020/21 for his parent club, where he suffered a significant drop-off from his final season at RB Salzburg, where he bagged 16 in all competitions.

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Speaking on the Express and Star’s YouTube channel after the game, Keen praised Hwang for his performances to start the year following his move to a new club and country and felt that he could go on to be a regular in the Wolves side:

“For a player that obviously did very well at Salzburg, but had a tough season last year, was on the bench for a lot of the year at Leipzig, didn’t score many goals and that was the big criticism. He’s come in, he’s scored three in four or five games. It’s big for him as well, because he’s come over to a new country obviously he’s got the trust already of Bruno to start again today.

“He’s taken his chance, and that’s the key thing. He’s taken his chance, the opportunity was there, he’s grabbed it with both hands. He’s now got an international break and you expect, provided he comes back OK, he’ll play again when he comes back against Villa.”

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Hwang’s performances, especially the most recent one against Newcastle United, should give Wolves fans plenty of optimism looking forward.

It was no secret that last year the team were missing something up top with the absence of Raul Jimenez, with no player able to get more than five goals in all competitions. And if they are to bounce back after something of a dip last season, then someone up top to score the goals is always going to be crucial.

Hwang could very well be the man to do it, especially if the link-up with Jimenez, who provided the assists for both of his goals, continues to flourish. Then, the club might have to start thinking about signing him permanently – something they do reportedly have the option to do with his loan deal.

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