Wolves had a very disappointing start to the season, as they lost their first three fixtures of the Premier League. But since then, Wolves have now won three of their last four and have climbed up the Premier League rankings with nine points. The major concern for Wolves in their first three losses was their inability to score goals and have someone who can finish the chances they created. Wolves dominated the game, but they could not find a breakthrough.
Adama Traore was in top form for the start of the season, as players found it nearly impossible to deal with his fast feet and blistering pace, but Traore failed to add any goals to his tally. Wolves failed to score a single goal in their first three games and barely a month later, they have headed into the international break after consecutive victories.
Since joining on loan from RB Leipzig, Hwang has scored three goals and formed an instant understanding with Raul Jimenez. He has impressed with his ability to make runs from wide to create clear goalscoring opportunities.
Let’s look at some stats.
The above visual shows us the shot map for Hwang in the four games he has appeared for them. Hwang has had four attempts on the goal so far and has scored three goals from these attempts. He is highly clinical in front of goal, is provides exactly what Wolves have lacked since the beginning of the season. He produced two brilliant finishes against Newcastle, to secure all three points for the team.
The South Korean international has been starting on the left side in a front three for Wolves in his first two starts. The pass map for Hwang indicates the same as he has received almost all passes from his teammates on this flank. He has been heavily involved in receiving the ball near the halfway line to support his midfield and make space for his full-backs by pulling the opposition right back inside with him. Hwang has also received a number of passes in the final third and has been able to get into pockets of spaces behind the defenders by making well-timed runs.
The 25-year old has been a key player in the build-up towards the attacks that were constructed by Wolves. He has been linking up well with his left wing-back and has completed more passes with Marcal. While Hwang has the composure and calmness required for a forward in front of goal, he also has the ability to spot runs from his teammates and pick out the right pass. In the game against Newcastle, Hwang received the ball on the left flank, dribbled the ball into the penalty area and made a smart pass across to Trincao, but the Portuguese failed to keep his shot on target and hit the crossbar.
Hwang attempted five dribbles his the game against Newcastle and completed most of the dribbles he attempted. He had a high expected threat from the dribbles he attempted as he was able to get into threatening positions on the pitch and also attempted passes into the penalty area which created chances for the home side.
Hwang has currently replaced Wolves’ star winger Adama Traore and has started two back to back games in his position. Lage likes to use Traore on the left of a three-man attack — where Hwang played against Steve Bruce’s team. Traore has always struggled to produce the goals and assists to match his spectacular charges with the ball, whereas Hwang produced two superb finishes with his right as well as left foot. Wolves won their first home win of the season and will be expecting such performances from Hwang further into the season.