Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Maximilian Kilman praised Hwang Hee-chan for his excellent scoring ability this season.
Wolverhampton posted Kilman’s post-match interview on the club’s official website on the 7th (Korea time). Kilman and other Wolverhampton players won 1-0 at home in the 15th round of the 2023/24 season Premier League against Burnley on the 6th thanks to Hwang Hee-chan’s winning goal in the 42nd minute of the first half.
Wolverhampton rarely had a chance as Burnley led the trend throughout the first half. However, Hwang Hee-chan was the troubleshooter. He didn’t miss the opportunity that came once and scored a goal.
Especially in the scoring scene, I liked the choice of taking a one-tempo break. Pablo Sarabia, who intercepted Burnley’s pass miss, connected to Mateus Cunha. Cunha immediately gave it to Hwang Hee-chan, who was in the no-mark position. Instead of shooting right away, Hwang Hee-chan painted once and attempted to shoot. The goalkeeper was deceived by Hwang Hee-chan’s painting and his center of gravity collapsed. Hwang Hee-chan pushed it with his right foot and scored lightly.
With this goal, Hwang Hee-chan scored his eighth goal in the league, scoring double-digit attack points for the first time in the Premier League since entering Wolverhampton. With eight goals and two assists, he has surpassed 10 attack points for the first time, surpassing five goals and one assist in the 2021/22 season and four goals and three assists in the 2022/23 season. Including one goal in the League Cup, he has nine goals and two assists this season.
Burnley’s fierce attack continued in the second half as well. Wolverhampton also aimed for an additional goal through counterattack. However, no more goals were scored, and Wolverhampton’s 1-0 victory ended the game as Hwang Hee-chan’s goal scored the winning goal. Wolverhampton, which gained three points through Hwang Hee-chan’s goal, rose to 12th place in the Premier League with five wins, three draws and seven losses and 18 points.
In an interview with the club after the Burnley match, Kilman gave generous praise to Hwang Hee-chan, who led the team to victory by scoring the winning goal on the day with his impressions of the game.
Kilman praised Hwang, “He’s been amazing. He’s always contributing and helping the team even when he can’t score, and he’s been really outstanding this season.”
“I give credit to Cunha, Netu and Sarabia, who are trying to pass to Hwang Hee-chan and Hwang Hee-chan,” he said, adding, “They’re really trying to help Channy, and this season Channy is phenomenal.”
“Chani” is a nickname for Hwang Hee-chan, who is called in Wolverhampton, and was named after Hwang Hee-chan, just like Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), the captain of the Korean national soccer team, is called “Sonny.” 에볼루션 바카라사이트
“Coach Gary O’Neill has given Chaney more confidence. I think Chaney has been in and out of the game a lot last season, but he’s played a lot this season, and he’s got his chance when he comes back,” Kilman said. “He’s playing with a lot more confidence in the front line, he’s created his own chances, and his finish this season has been really good.”
“Chani’s first time learning English since he came to the U.K. a few years ago, so it took some time for him to adjust, but he learned English really well,” he said. “He is a really good friend, polite, and a good person. Chani deserves all the credit.”
Hwang Hee-chan, who entered his third season after moving to Wolverhampton in the summer of 2021, entered the career high season with his best performance without a hamstring injury that had plagued him.
Hwang Hee-chan, who failed to play consistently due to adaptation and frequent injuries as Kilman said, was finally reborn as one of the league’s best strikers this season as he perfectly adapted to the club and the Premier League stage.
With the winning goal against Burnley, Hwang Hee-chan scored his eighth goal in the league, scoring double-digit attack points for the first time in the Premier League since entering Wolverhampton. With eight goals and two assists, he has surpassed 10 attack points for the first time, surpassing five goals and one assist in the 2021/22 season and four goals and three assists in the 2022/23 season. If one goal in the League Cup is included, it is nine goals and two assists this season.
Continuing an unexpected scoring streak, he also joined the race for the top scorer in the Premier League. Holan (14 goals), Salah (10 goals), and Son Heung-min (9 goals), the captain of the Korean national soccer team, are the only players who have scored more than Hwang Hee-chan, who is tied for fourth in goals with eight goals.
Hwang Hee-chan’s remarkable performance drew praise from not only Kilman but also numerous soccer experts. After the Burnley match, O’Neill said, “The figures are incredibly impressive. Everything about Channi is impressive,” adding, “If he keeps scoring at the same pace like this, it will be unbelievable.”
“I feel good because whenever the team creates opportunities and the opportunity is full, the opportunity will lead to a goal,” he said. “When the ball comes into the box, Hwang Hee-chan is there. He performs exactly what we ask for, and he arrives in a good position every time.”
The British media “Daily Mail” praised Hwang Hee-chan as “one of the best players in the Premier League this season,” and Michael Owen, the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner and England legend striker, also admired Hwang Hee-chan’s scoring scene.
Owen saw Hwang Hee-chan’s goal during the match against Burnley and said, “If (Hwang Hee-chan) shot early, it would have been blocked. I was able to open the goal because of a very short wait,” adding, “I love how Hwang Hee-chan showed in front of the goal. Hwang Hee-chan is always in the right position and his shot hardly misses the mark. It was a decisive opportunity, and Hwang Hee-chan really took advantage of it.”