Who will be the starter to replace Hwang Hee-chan?
Wolverhampton will play the 23rd round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season with Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 12th. Currently, Wolverhampton are 15th in the league with 20 points.
It is Wolverhampton who won an important victory in the last game. Even though they are sluggish this season, they recorded a 3-0 win against Liverpool, who have formidable power. But there were also sad scenes. Hwang Hee-chan, who led Joel Matip’s own goal, which became the opening goal, was replaced due to an injury at the end of the first half.
Hwang Hee-chan joined Wolverhampton from RB Leipzig ahead of last season. While on loan, he performed impressively, scoring a goal on his debut. He showed an impressive appearance throughout the season and even achieved a complete transfer. The final result of his first season was 30 English Premier League (EPL) game메이저놀이터s, 5 goals and 1 assist.
However, the first half of this season was difficult due to injuries and other bad news. He posted 1 assist in the EPL opening game against Leeds United, but was out of power for about 3 weeks from mid-September due to injury. In the meantime, the team has undergone major changes. Wolverhampton sacked manager Bruno Raj after only two wins in 15 league games in the first half.
Coach Hulen Lopetegui was appointed as his successor. This was an opportunity for Hwang Hee-chan. Hwang Hee-chan, who returned after the World Cup break, received a lot of trust from coach Lopetegui. Despite joining Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Cunha through the January transfer window, he scored 1 goal and 1 assist in 9 out of 10 games Wolverhampton played in the second half.
However, an injury against Liverpool meant he would be out of action for several weeks. Regarding this, coach Lopetegi directly said, “The degree of recovery from injury is different for each player, but in the case of Hwang Hee-chan, it seems that he will be absent for about 4 to 5 weeks.” In fact, it seems that it will be difficult to return within February.
In the midst of this, Britain’s ‘Birmingham Live’ discussed a player who could start in place of Hwang Hee-chan ahead of the match against Southampton. The media mentioned, “Adama Traore was substituted in place of the injured Hwang Hee-chan in the match against Liverpool and performed exquisitely. He helped Hubin Neves’ goal.”
Adama has made 18 league appearances so far this season. However, he only started seven times. Even after Lopetegui took office, most of them stepped on the ground as replacements. He was without an offensive point in the league for a long time before posting an assist against Liverpool. With Hwang Hee-chan’s injury, there is a chance to seize a chance.