Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton)’s early season upward trend is unusual. Even his injury concerns were overcome and he has already scored two goals in the English Premier League (EPL). The biggest reason why Klinsmann is looking forward to this match against Wales is the rapid rise of the European teams, and Hwang Hee-chan, who will play a part in the attack, is also continuing his remarkable momentum.
Hwang Hee-chan is preparing for the national soccer team evaluation match against Wales to be held at Cardiff Stadium in Wales, England, at 3:45 a.m. on the 8th (Korean time). Since he already gained the trust of coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany) through the A match last June, there is a high possibility that he will get a chance to play in this match as well.바카라
He joined the national team with good momentum from his team. He has already scored two goals in four EPL games this season (one starting game). Looking back on the fact that the number of goals scored in the EPL last season, which was not particularly fortunate, was 3, this is a notable early pace. He scored a stunning goal in the second round against Brighton & Hove Albion on the 19th of last month, and also hit the net in the away game at Crystal Palace just before the call-up. Before he knew it, he had reached the 10-goal milestone in his EPL career.
It’s not just about scoring goals. In the EPL opening game against Manchester United last month, he shook the opponent’s defense with his characteristic aggressive breakthrough and sharp shooting. As he continued his upward trend by scoring a goal against Brighton, he earned a starting position in the third round against Everton. In that game, he was briefly out of the line due to an injury, but recovered quickly and returned right away in the next round. He was excluded from the starting lineup again due to injury, but made his presence known by scoring a goal 5 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The aftermath of the injury may be a variable, but as the team has been on a steady upward curve since the opening, expectations are high for their performance in the second consecutive international match. In fact, his condition has improved even more since he scored a goal in the previous game, and it is highly likely that his physical condition has recovered as time has passed since he was called up. The fact that it is a local evaluation match in Europe rather than a domestic evaluation match that requires him to fly a long distance is also good news for Hwang Hee-chan. This is why there is a high possibility of forming an offensive line with Son Heung-min (Tottenham), who scored a hat trick (3 goals) just before being called up, or Cho Gyu-seong (Midtjylland), who is very active in the Danish league.
Coincidentally, Coach Klinsmann appointed Hwang Hee-chan as the starter for both of the two consecutive international matches against Peru and El Salvador last June. He actively utilized Hwang Hee-chan’s various attacking talents, such as playing top two with Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic) against Peru and using him on the side against El Salvador. Hwang Hee-chan also lived up to coach Klinsmann’s expectations by assisting Hwang Ui-jo (Norwich City)’s goal in the game against El Salvador.
Moreover, as Coach Klinsmann is using Son Heung-min as a free role in the center of the second line, the position for a side striker is relatively free. Looking back at the fact that Hwang Hee-chan has often shown good performances when deployed as a left-wing striker in the national team, we can expect a similar trend to be used in this match against Wales.
The fact that the number of points scored by the national team is steadily increasing every year is also a point to pay attention to in Hwang Hee-chan’s performance. Hwang Hee-chan scored 2 goals in the A match in 2021, but scored 3 goals last year. His last A match goal was in the final match of the group stage of the FIFA Qatar World Cup against Portugal in December last year. It was Hwang Hee-chan who scored the winning goal and joint goal with Son Heung-min that led Korea’s dramatic advance to the round of 16 of the World Cup.
The fact that Hwang Hee-chan’s scoring proportion in the national team is increasing is certainly a welcome development for Korean soccer. This is because it means that the national team’s attack routes can become more diverse. Coincidentally, Hwang Hee-chan joined the national team with good energy from his team. Now all that remains is to build confidence and continue that upward trend until his A match.