RB Salzburg’s Hwang Hee-Chan is reportedly on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer radar.
But is this a player Wolves need at the moment and, if so, what could he potentially bring to their squad?
Let’s find out…
Hwang is a 23-year-old forward who’s currently plying his trade for RB Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.
He has been a revelation in the ongoing 2019/20 campaign but his journey was far rockier than it might seem at first. Born in Gangwon, he started perfecting his craft at Pohang Steelers during the early stages of his career.
After years of sharpening his skill back home, he was scooped up by RB Salzburg.
But he wasn’t really an instant hit, spending some time on loans away from the club until he finally settled in their team. Now he is reaping the rewards.
With Wolves on the prowl for a new forward, Hwang could be the missing link in Nuno’s forward line or could simply add another layer of depth and quality to the team.
The emerging star’s style of play can be characterised as highly technical and mobile. The 23-year-old boasts excellent close control and great footwork, which makes him dangerous both when given time on the ball as well as in tight spaces.
In the ongoing campaign, we’ve seen him rattle the inside of the net nine times and he’s also managed to claim 14 assists as well.
But this is also where his possible deficiency may lie – even though he is currently very much firing on all cylinders, Hwang wasn’t always such a prolific goalscorer, as evidenced by his rather poor return of just two goals and two assists during the loan spell at Hamburg.
Now, however, his figures look much more impressive and he’s been a player of immense quality in the final third.
Wyscout registered that he averages 1.97 shots per game in 2019/20 across all competitions and wins 42.76% of all of his offensive duels.
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He also averages 5.63 touches in the opposition’s box, which is another indication of his involvement in the danger zone where he shows his best overall qualities.
But what might be of particular interest to Nuno and his current system is Hwang’s versatility and creativity. Wyscout also note that the 23-year-old forward usually loves to drift wide and position himself in the channels on both sides of the park.
With Wolves relying on their wing-backs to create numerical overloads in the wider areas, Chan could also play a crucial role in recycling possession and making sure the ball can be progressed through to the likes of Adama Traore or Diego Jota, depending on the side they pick.
Chan has averaged 2.02 shot assists with 5.59 dribbles (54.3% completion rate) per game in the ongoing campaign and has deployed 3.03 passes into the box per game as well, putting his creativity on display.
We can see his tendency to drift wide in the heatmap of his 2019/20 season below, courtesy of Wyscout.
But if Nuno decides to deploy Chan next to Raul Jimenez, as opposed to solely using him as the striker’s back-up, he could be the one to help Wolves’ frontman bag even more goals as the 23-year-old is an expert in setting them up – which we’ve seen already with his 14 assists for RB Salzburg in the ongoing season.
With Patrick Cutrone’s departure from the club, Nuno could definitely use a new striker for his squad and Chan looks like a very good option to strengthen Wolves’ front line.
Of course, it all depends on the way he plans to utilise the young forward, if the deal does end up going through that is, but on paper, there are certainly many positives to this transfer, which we’ve listed above.
So far we have also seen Wolves deploy formations with both a sole striker up front but also with a tandem, which could potentially be the way to go in order to get the best out of both Chan’s creativity and Jimenez’s eye for goal.
RB Salzburg have predominantly used the 4-4-2 system in 2019/20, which means the South Korean is used to having a partner next to him – which is an option for Nuno to consider.