This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are believed to be eyeing up RB Salzburg forward Hwang-Hee chan, with Arsenal also holding an interest in the player.
Well, the South Korean attacker put his name up in lights after netting against European champions Liverpool recently, sitting Virgil van Dijk on his backside before firing into the top right corner at the Kop end.
That particular strike was just one of the 23-year-old’s seven goals in both the Austrian Bundesliga and the Champions League this term, while he has also registered three assists for Salzburg.
Hwang, who has 28 caps for his country, is the latest bright talent to come out of Salzburg following Sadio Mane and Naby Keita’s rise at the Red Bull-sponsored side – his form so far this season makes him an exciting target for Palace.
An interesting nugget of information in an article from The Athletic’s Dominic Fifield may indicate that the interest in Hwang is part of a new transfer era at Selhurst Park.
Eagles supremo Steve Parish and Head of Recruitment Dougie Freedman are reportedly keen to target players in their early 20s with an eye to the future, although they did bow down to Roy Hodgson’s desire to sign 33-year-old Gary Cahill and 28-year-old James McCarthy back in the summer.
“The sporting director, Dougie Freedman, and chairman, Steve Parish, were also acutely aware of the relatively hefty average age of the squad. There is a desire to bring in more players in their early 20s with an eye to the future.”
In light of this, you could justifiably argue that the interest in 23-year-old Hwang may signal the start of this new transfer era in which Parish is keen to add some youthful exuberance to the squad.
It is definitely something that needs doing at Selhurst Park, seeing as the only permanent players under the age of 28 are Wilfried Zaha, Max Meyer, Jeffrey Schlupp and the injury-stricken Connor Wickham.
The Eagles must fulfil Freedman and Parish’s “desire” and bring down the average age of their squad, and signing Hwang would be a great way to start.