Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) is still growing.
Hwang Hee-chan scored the 3rd league goal in the home game against Everton in the 37th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-2023 season held at Moline Stadium in Wolverhampton, England on the 20th (Korean time). However, Wolverhampton allowed a consolation point just before the end of the game and won a 1-1 draw. Wolverhampton, who secured 41 points, maintained 13th place.
Hwang Hee-chan started and formed an offensive line with Pablo Sarabia and Adama Traore. Hwang Hee-chan harassed Everton’s defense with his unique linear movement. And in the 34th minute of the first half, he did not miss the opportunity that came to him.
In the counterattack situation, Traore started to break through. Then Hwang Hee-chan sprinted in the opposite direction of Traore’s breakthrough. Traore’s right-footed shot hit Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hwang Hee-chan, who reached the goal, succeeded in scoring by pushing it with his right foot. It is Hwang Hee-chan’s 3rd goal in the league and 4th goal of the season. It is the first goal in 35 days since the match against Brentford on the 15th of last month.
Hwang Hee-chan played a big role in the front line in the second half. Hwang Hee-chan did his best to the point of muscle cramps in the middle of the second half. And he was replaced by Mario Remina in the 29th minute of the second half. Hwang Hee-chan exited the ground receiving applause from Wolverhampton home fans. European soccer statistics media ‘WhoScored.com’ gave Hwang Hee-chan a rating of 7.2, the highest score in the Wolverhampton team. 메이저놀이터
Hwang Hee-chan is a ‘assault leader’ type striker. The same goes for his former team as well as the national football team. His strength is explosive breakthroughs using speed. Hwang Hee-chan’s one-on-one ability stood out at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. However, Hwang Hee-chan does not have many ball touches in Wolverhampton. This is also the reason why Hwang Hee-chan’s reckless breakthrough in Wolverhampton was small. Instead, Hwang Hee-chan seems to be focusing on space utilization and location selection rather than direct breakthrough. Thanks to this, he earned the full trust of Wolverhampton manager Hulen Lopetegui, who took over during the season. He was used as a frontline resource as well as his side.
Hwang Hee-chan suffered from frequent injuries this season. Therefore, some local media predicted that ‘Wolverhampton, which has started organizing the squad in the summer transfer market, may also be eligible for sale depending on the situation.’ Nevertheless, Hwang Hee-chan showed his true value as he continued to grow in his last home game this season.