With the January transfer window around the corner, the rumour mill is beginning to turn – and this week Wolves have been linked to an exciting prospect.
Reports in the Telegraph are suggesting that Nuno Espirito Santo and his recruitment team are seriously considering signing Red Bull Salzburg forward Hwang Hee-chan.
The 23-year-old has been catching the eye of a few people on these shores recently, most likely due to the fact that his side has been in the same group of the Champions League as Liverpool – and he has managed to very much impress when he’s been in the limelight.
According to the story, the South Korea international was watched by the club’s sporting director in Kevin Thelwell, and is deemed a “prime target”.
It is also said that another string of Premier League and European clubs really fancy the forward, so it will not be an easy task to bring him to the club.
For Wolves fans, this could be a really exciting player that they could bring in. While the story suggests that a deal is more likely to happen in the summer, if you take a look at the squad, there is definitely space for him to have an impact now.
Would Hwang Hee-chan be a good signing?
Purely looking at his statistics, it is enough to get many of the fans’ mouths watering. He has played just 22 games so far this season, yet he has managed 23 goal contributions with nine goals and 14 assists, with three goals and five assists all coming in a Champions League group with Napoli and Liverpool in.
Additionally, and perhaps most usefully, he can play all across the front three positions, making him extremely convenient for a side that is playing in numerous competitions with a rather thin squad.
With Wolves fighting it out for European qualification in the Premier League and will be wanting to go as far as they can in the Europa League, they simply need more depth.
Nuno has preferred to play a 3-4-3 with Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Diogo Jota leading the line. While Patrick Cutrone is a good replacement for Jimenez, they are a bit lighter on either wing, with youngsters Pedro Neto and Ruben Vinagre the most likely to step up after them. Hwang, based on the form he’s been in this season, could be a much better option than those two and could put more pressure on the current three if they’re not performing.
This suggests that now is the time for the forward. Not next summer. You are only ever one moment away from an injury, and if one of the front three got a serious injury at the moment it could seriously scupper the second half of their season.