Wolverhampton striker Hwang Hee-chan has been named Wolverhampton’s October Player of the Month for his record-breaking attacking points in all competitions in October.
Wolverhampton announced the news of Hwang’s October award on its official website on October 13 (KST), calling him “Player of the Month”.
The club said: “Hwang has been named Wolverhampton’s Player of the Month after an impressive October. He becomes Wolverhampton’s third player of the month this season, joining Shasa Kalajic and Pedro Neto, after making an attacking contribution in all three matches in October.”
“Hwang scored against Aston Villa and converted Neto’s cross into a goal. Against Bournemouth, he turned into an assist provider, delivering a delicate and perfectly weighted pass for Kalajic to score the winner. Finally, he closed out October with another great moment against Newcastle. He took a pass from Totti Comes and beat Dan Byrne to score his seventh goal of the season,” said Hwang, describing his October performance.
According to the announcement, Hwang won Player of the Month with 45 percent of the vote, followed by Netou (41 percent) and Craig Dawson in third place.
In fact, Hwang is having such a good season that he’s won Player of the Month every month this season except August. He’s been the team’s top scorer this season and has established himself as a fixer-upper, with six goals and two assists in 11 league games, breaking the record for most points in a Premier League debut.
After coming off the bench in the opening game against Manchester United under new manager Gary O’Neill, Hwang made his mark with an impressive performance in front of a world-class United defense. Hwang had to settle for a left-footed shot at the near post in second-half stoppage time, but it deflected off Wan-Bissaka’s foot and hit the side netting.
His first goal of the season came quickly, scoring at home against Brighton in the second round of the league last August. It was a disappointing 1-4 loss for the team, but it was the only goal of the game and showed promise.
As Hwang gradually got his chance, he scored in two consecutive games in the fourth and fifth rounds. He scored headers against Crystal Palace and Liverpool, showing his goal-scoring prowess at its peak. However, he had to swallow his disappointment as Wolverhampton lost both games. Hwang, who made his comeback against Palace after a short break following a nagging hamstring injury, came on as a 15th-minute substitute in the second half and scored five minutes later. After opening the scoring against Brighton with a header just five minutes after coming on, Hwang continued to show that he is Wolverhampton’s new weapon with a header just five minutes after coming on.
He then started against Liverpool and exploded into the lead in the seventh minute. Although the team lost 1-3, Hwang’s performance was worthy of applause.
In the seventh round against Manchester City in October, Hwang’s name was announced to the world. When Guardiola mentioned a player to watch out for before the game, he momentarily forgot Hwang’s name and referred to him as “The Korean Guy,” which became his new nickname after Hwang scored a goal. Guardiola was also impressed by Hwang’s performance against Man City, referring to him by his correct name in an interview after he scored the game-winning goal.
Since his performance against City, Hwang has scored two goals and provided an assist in three games against Aston Villa, Bournemouth, and Newcastle in October, all of which resulted in attacking points. Even with Pedro Neto, a key part of the team’s offense, out injured, Hwang proved to be a constant presence in the attack. He also recorded an attacking point against Sheffield in the first game of November, extending his streak to six consecutive official matches.
In the previous match against Tottenham, he played full-time alongside Son Heung-min but failed to record an attacking point. Nevertheless, he proved to be a key part of the team’s offense as he was a threat in the attack.
In particular, Hwang led the Premier League in goal conversion rate and goal determination. According to soccer statistician Opta, the goal conversion rate for players who attempted at least 11 shots in all 11 Premier League games this season was 35%, ranking Hwang first overall.
Goal conversion rate is the percentage of shots that result in a goal out of all shots taken. Hwang recorded 17 shots this season, six of which were on goal. That’s the best in the Premier League in terms of one-shot-one-kill. He is followed by Newcastle teammates Callum Wilson and Isaac at 33%, with Brighton’s 19-year-old supernova forward Evan Ferguson in fourth place at 28%. Hwang also edged out Son Heung-min in fifth place with a 27% goal conversion rate.레모나토토
His goal against Newcastle was also nominated for Goal of the Month. On October 2, the Premier League office announced the nominees for the Budweiser Goal of the Month for October, and Hwang also earned a spot. Against Newcastle, Hwang’s goal came in the 26th minute of the second half when the defense charged at him and he folded his left foot to avoid a defensive sliding tackle. After beating the defender, Hwang rattled the net with a left-footed shot aimed at the near post from just in front of the goal. The shot was so accurate and fast that the goalkeeper had no idea where it was headed. Hwang celebrated his sixth league goal and seventh of the season by performing a knee-sliding gesture.
Head coach Gary O’Neill also praised Hwang’s performance against Newcastle, saying, “There’s no doubt about his mentality, his determination and his ability to regain his focus.” He added, “He’s an obviously threatening striker. “Obviously, he’s a threatening striker, and when he scores goals, it’s obviously a big plus for our team. He scored an important goal again today,” he said, praising Hwang’s performance.
Hwang was also pleased to have made his mark on Wolverhampton’s history. He became the first Wolverhampton player to score in six consecutive games at home against Newcastle.
Hwang’s six goals in 10 league games since the start of the season is the club’s best run in 50 years, since legendary Wolverhampton striker Derek Doogan scored six goals in 10 games. The Northern Ireland striker is an inductee into the club’s Hall of Fame, having scored 123 goals in 323 appearances for Wolverhampton.
“It’s a great honor to have this record as a Wolverhampton player,” said Hwang. I hope to continue to score many goals in the future,” said Hwang.
“My goals come from teamwork. We train really hard to understand each other,” he added, “It wasn’t a penalty, but my teammates believed in me and I wanted to do something for them.”
“Netou is amazing and hard to replace, but we have a lot of good players,” said Hwang, who also promised to work with other players to fill the void as much as possible while Netou is away.
Meanwhile, in September, Neto was voted Player of the Month ahead of Hwang Hee-chan, who finished second and was recognized for his performance.
The Portuguese winger and South Korean striker were neck-and-neck in the voting for Wolverhampton’s player of the month for the month of September. Hwang made five appearances in the month of September, including four in the league and one in the League Cup, scoring a total of four goals. Neto equaled Hwang’s offensive points with one goal and three assists in three league games.
However, in the September voting, Netou was named Wolverhampton’s September Player of the Month with 54.78% of the vote. Hwang finished second with 39.38% of the vote, while defender Craig Dawson took third place with 2.66% of the vote. Once again, three players took first, second, and third place in the Player of the Month voting.
Hwang, who was named the team’s Player of the Month in October, picked up his first award of the season and will be looking to score his seventh league goal on November 28 against Fulham after the A-League period.