Crystal Palace are eyeing a summer move for RB Leipzig striker Hwang Hee-chan.
Roy Hodgson’s side have once again endured a difficult Premier League season in front of goal, managing just 34 goals thus far – in fact, only five teams have scored less than them, and three of them sit in the relegation zone.
According to The Telegraph, Palace have got their eye on signing South Korea international Hwang, but that they are set to face significant competition from fellow Premier League rivals West Ham.
While his career at RB Leipzig hasn’t exactly gone to plan – he’s scored just three goals in his debut campaign for the club – there’s no questioning that Hwang has got the potential to be a real star at Selhurst Park.
An article on Bundesliga.com raved about his ability to finish off both feet, while also having the speed, movement and trickery to be a real force up front.
It said: “Hwang is not dissimilar to Liverpool’s former Hoffenheim striker Firmino. Happy leading the line as part of either a duo or a front three, Leipzig’s first summer signing likes to get on the ball and has a trick or two up his sleeve to shake off a defender.
“Comfortable with both feet, with the strength to hold off an opponent and the pace to exploit space, he could cause problems for many a Bundesliga defence – just like Brazil international Firmino did before him.”
And, after the £13m-rated ace caught the eye in the Champions League against Liverpool last season, his former teammate Erling Haaland said: “Absolutely crazy – he was brilliant today. He’s so important to the team.”
Meanwhile, former Salzburg head coach Peter Zeidler added: “He’s exceptional, has a brutal dynamism. I’ve rarely seen anything like it.”
With 45 goals and 29 assists in 126 games for the Austrian side, Hwang has proven before that he can be effective at both finding the net himself and setting his teammates up too.
It’s no surprise then that Palace are eyeing a move for the striker this summer.