Wolves manager Bruno Lage is confident that Hwang Hee-chan’s current injury won’t scupper a permanent move happening in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Hwang impresses on loan
The 25-year-old joined Wanderers on loan during the summer, making the move from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
Hwang has impressed in the first half of the season, scoring four goals in 11 Premier League starts and forging a good understanding with Raul Jimenez.
Wolves have the chance to sign the South Korean on a permanent deal in the summer but they may need to seal a deal in January, with other clubs able to strike an agreement.
Who should Wolves sign?
The Latest: Lage gives Hwang update
When asked if the body blow would scupper the club’s chances of signing him outright, the manager succinctly replied: “In my opinion, no.”
The Verdict: No-brainer for Wolves
Hwang may have had a slight dip in form, not scoring since October, but he has shown enough in his short Wolves career to suggest he would be an excellent permanent signing for the club. At 25, he should still have the peak years of his career ahead of him, and his versatility means that he can thrive both in a left-sided and central attacking role.
While Hwang’s quality in front of goal has stood out, he has also averaged 0.9 tackles and 1.4 fouls won per league game this season, showing he has a good team ethic and is willing to muck in defensively.
Frankly, a move to try and sign him outright is a no-brainer from an Old Gold perspective, given how he has performed under Lage so far.
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