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Wolves: Lage must give Hwang Hee-chan a chance against Norwich

Wolves host Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, with Bruno Lage’s men looking to end a run of five matches without a win whilst conceding ten goals in their last three games.

With the Canaries already relegated, Dean Smith’s outfit will be the ideal side for the West Midlands club to face for their final home game of the season – at least on paper, that is.

Although seriously unlikely, qualifying for Europe is still possible for the Old Gold, who sit five points behind seventh placed West Ham United with two matches to go.

However unlikely finishing higher than eighth may be, it will be vital that Lage’s men secure a positive result to sign off from Molineux for the season after a woeful couple of weeks which have seen a promising campaign turn slightly sour.

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It is also an opportunity for the manager to give other players a chance in the starting line-up, with forward Hwang Hee-Chan ideally in line for a start.

Lage must unleash Hwang

The South Korean has endured a mixed first campaign in England, having joined Wolves initially on loan from RB Leipzig before making the move permanent in January.

Having scored five goals and provided one assist in 28 Premier League appearances, the 26-year-old has laid a platform to build upon going into next season. Moreover, those five goals make up 14% of Wolves’ tally of 36 this term, with Lage’s men scoring the fourth-fewest goals in the top flight.

Described by his manager as a “top player” whilst also being deemed to be someone who has “got everything” by pundit Ian Wright, Hwang has started just three of Wolves’ last eight matches, with game-time inconsistent for the South Korean. He had to make do with minutes as a substitute against Chelsea and Manchester City in the team’s last two matches.

Goals have been at a serious shortage of late from the Old Gold forwards, with Raul Jimenez scoring just once in his last 11 appearances, whilst Fabio Silva and Pedro Neto haven’t scored all season.

The latter has struggled to make an impression on Lage since returning from a serious knee injury and could be in line to return to the bench after a couple of starts.

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However, the £26k-per-week centre-forward is also suffering from a lack of goals, with Hwang enduring an 11-match goal drought, having not scored since the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in late February.

Therefore, being handed an opportunity to end that dry spell against the league’s bottom club in Norwich could certainly prove worthwhile in order to regain some confidence going into the summer and pre-season.

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