Wolves have a new hero in Hwang Hee-chan, but his fertile form leaves Adama Traore thinking about the future
Wolves have a new hero in Hwang Hee-chan after his two goals sank Newcastle and continue his stellar start to the season… but Korea’s prolific form leaves Adama Traore thinking about his future at Molineux
- Hwang Hee-chan further endeared himself to Wolves fans by sinking Newcastle
- His form keeps an old fan favorite in Adama Traore out of the team
- Traore cut a frustrated figure at Molineux and only came in stoppage time
- While Traoré struggles for goals and assists, the Korean proves productive
When Adama Traore was on top form, Wolves couldn’t buy a win. Barely a month later, they enter the international break after successive wins and their most recognizable player is unable to join the team.
As Molineux greeted his new hero, South Korea forward Hwang Hee-chan, Traore looked frustrated.
The home crowd had demanded the winger’s introduction for much of the second half, but boss Bruno Lage resisted until stoppage time, when Traore replaced Hwang to eat the time as Wolves tried to hold on to their lead.
Hwang Hee-chan scored twice against Newcastle to continue his excellent start with Wolves
His form is a concern for Adama Traore (right), who came on in stoppage time
Wolves offered Traore a new deal following an interest from Tottenham this summer, but his priority is to get his spot back.
Lage likes to use Traore on the left side of a three-man attack – where Hwang played against Steve Bruce’s team. While Traore has always struggled to score the goals and assists to match his spectacular attacks with the ball, Hwang produced two excellent finishes and would have added an assist had Francisco Trincao not hit the crossbar when he was eight meters out of the box. nearby.
Since coming on loan from RB Leipzig, Hwang has scored three goals and formed an immediate rapport with Raul Jimenez. If Traore forces his way back in, Hwang won’t be the man to make way.
“I can choose Adama for another game, it’s not about Adama,” Lage said. “It’s about the players and they have to understand my way of working, but also the men they have in front of them.
Hwang has scored three goals and formed an instant rapport with Raul Jimenez (above)
‘I never lie to them. I’m here to help them, but they have to keep working. It’s our job. Every time I want to arrive at the game confident and comfortable, not thinking, “Should I have done this or that?” This is football. We don’t have easy decisions.’
Lage’s side just about deserved to win a chaotic match between two flawed teams. Hwang put Wolves ahead in the 20th minute and, after Trincao’s astonishing miss, substitute Jeff Hendrick equalized five minutes after replacing the injured Joe Willock.
Newcastle improved for a while but had no answer to Hwang’s second goal just before the hour. Willock is getting a scan this week for a hip injury – another problem for the pressured Bruce, whose team is still looking for their first league win and has racked up just three points from their first seven games.
The Magpies’ home game against Tottenham after the international break will be Bruce’s 1000th as manager. A defeat would put him under even more scrutiny.