Wolves have been linked with signing Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-Jo recently and the South Korean could prove to be Bruno Lage’s own version of Luis Suarez at Molineux should he sign.
He is available for a cut-price after the financial sanctions imposed on Bordeaux, although Wolves’ reported £2.5m bid wasn’t enough to tempt the French club into selling.
Lage is still incredibly low on striking options in his squad, as Raul Jimenez is still sidelined through injury, while Fabio Silva was allowed to join Anderlecht on loan, so signing a forward should be a priority for the club before the transfer window shuts.
Last weekend emphasised the need for a natural frontman, as Wolves lost 2-1 against Leeds despite having plenty of chances, with Lage deploying Hwang Hee-Chan up front when the South Korean has looked arguably more dangerous when playing on the wing.
Ui-Jo enjoyed an impressive 2021/22 season despite Bordeaux’s relegation, as he hit 11 goals in 32 Ligue 1 appearances, which was nearly double the most of any Wolves player last season, which again emphasises the need for attacking reinforcements.
Former Bordeaux coach Jean-Louis Gasset was full of praise for the South Korean in 2021, saying:
“I’m happy for Hwang and his two goals, he never hesitates to drift wide. He’s a brave player, finding his feet.
“He is great on the counter and a wonderful player to coach.”
If the £25k per week striker were to arrive at Molineux, he could perform a similar role to legendary striker Luis Suarez, as the Uruguayan forward is listed as the fifth-most similar player to Ui-Jo according to FbRef.
The duo recorded very similar statistics in their respective leagues last year, both contributing 11 goals and two assists.
Ui-Jo also registered 22 shots on target, just one less than Suarez, while they also scored very similarly in touches in the attacking penalty area (102 vs 101), 15-30 yard passes completed (119 vs 116) and goals per shot (0.20 vs 0.18), demonstrating their natural abilities as instinctive attacking predators inside the opposition’s box.
Therefore, the two clearly have a very similar style and considering Suarez’s incredible career, most notably with Liverpool, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Wolves would be foolish to pass up the chance to sign Ui-Jo this summer.