British ‘Sky Sports’ had an exclusive interview with Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Gary O’Neill on the 15th (Korea time).
If asked to pick the best player in Wolverhampton this season, of course, everyone would pick Hwang Hee-chan. After graduating from Pohang Iron and Steel High School, Hwang chose to enter the European league rather than the K-League. Soon after, he joined FC Red Bull Salzburg, achieving his dream to advance to Europe.
Hwang Hee-chan, who left for FC refurbishment in the Austrian second division in his first season, gained experience with two goals and two assists in 13 games. Hwang Hee-chan, who also played in refurbishment in the early 2015-2016 season, drew great attention by scoring 11 goals and six assists in 17 games, and also joined the Salzburg first team. 랭크카지노
From the 2016-2017 season, Hwang Hee-chan reached his full potential in earnest. He played 37 games and recorded 13 goals and 4 assists. The following year, Hwang Hee-chan, who spent his loan spell with Hamburger SV, shot a career high with 16 goals and 21 assists in 40 games in the 2019-2020 season. He was the only player who joined the 10 points and 10 assists club in the league.
Hwang Hee-chan, who played hard for Salzburg, was called by RB Leipzig, a prestigious Bundesliga club in Germany, in the 2020-2021 season. He generated a transfer fee of 14 million euros (about 18.8 billion won), and his jersey number 11 made people expect it.
However, expectations soon turned to disappointment. Hwang Hee-chan only scored three goals and had three assists in 26 games. Of the 26 games Hwang Hee-chan played, 21 were substitute appearances with only five chances to start. In the end, Hwang decided to leave the team next season, and he was loaned to Wolverhampton in the English Premier League.
And the decision to loan Wolverhampton became Hwang Hee-chan’s turning point. Hwang Hee-chan scored five goals and one assist in 31 games, making a soft landing in the world’s tightest league, and Wolverhampton also fully recruited Hwang Hee-chan by invoking the option of a complete transfer that had been inserted at the time of the loan transfer.
Hwang Hee-chan, who showed good performance in the second half of last season and ranked third in the Wolverhampton scoring list, is showing off his true value this season. This season, Hwang has nine goals and two assists in 15 games. He not only posted good records but also scored many really high-purity goals.
He scored goals against Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Aston Villa FC, and Newcastle United, all of which entered the top of the league table this season, and led his team to victory in the match against Burnley FC in the 15th round. In response to his performance, O’Neill nicknamed Hwang Hee-chan “Channy.”
He is breaking various records this season. Hwang Hee-chan first scored his eighth goal in the league, surpassing Ki Sung-yueng’s overall Premier League scoring record to rank third in the number of goals scored by Korean players in a single season, and tied for second in the number of goals scored by Korean players in the Premier League.
He also became the first player to score six consecutive goals in a home game since 1877, when Wolverhampton was founded, and even acquired Wolverhampton’s player of the month in October. Currently, he is tied for fifth in the Premier League scoring list along with Dominic Solanke and Ollie Watkins, and is listed side by side with another Korean leaguer, Son Heung-min.
As Hwang Hee-chan’s performance continued, Wolverhampton once again responded with action. It was the offer to renew his contract. Hwang Hee-chan was offered 90,000 pounds (149 million won), which is three times the amount of his current salary of 30,000 pounds (about 49 million won), and continues to accompany Wolverhampton. O’Neill also said, “I’m happy to be with you for a long time.”
In an interview with Sky Sports, O’Neill said, “We have 22 more games left and we have to score that game,” adding, “We need Charney to score eight more goals. We need to put him in those positions more often.”
“That helped Channi a lot because many of his goals came from the situation we talked about,” he said, adding, “Thanks to his hard work and taking care of the details, Channi was able to score.”
Meanwhile, Hwang Hee-chan will aim for his ninth goal in the league against West Ham United at 11 p.m. on the 17th at London Stadium in London, England.