Hwang Hee-chan, who took on the challenge of wearing only soccer shoes, is on a roll in the English Premier League, known as the ‘El Dorado of European soccer.’
He is on the road to success, signing a 5-year contract extension with his current team, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and tripling his annual salary.
If he exercises his option contract, he can remain at Wolverhampton until the age of 33, so he has accepted a contract that is close to life. 카지노사이트랭크
Wolverhampton reported on the club’s official website on the 22nd (Korean time)
“Wolves’ top scorer Hwang Hee-chan has pledged his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract valid until 2028 with a one-year extension option.” .
Since the start of the 2023/24 season, Hwang Hee-chan has recorded 8 goals and 2 assists in the league alone.
He achieved double-digit attack points for the first time since his Premier League debut.
He also scored a goal in the League Cup, coming close to scoring his 10th goal of the season.
His performance is breathing new air into the entire Premier League. Hwang Hee-chan is ahead of Erling Holland (14 goals, Manchester City)
Mohamed Salah (11 goals, Liverpool), Son Heung-min (10 goals, Tottenham Hotspur)
Jerrod Bowen (10 goals, West Ham United), and Olly Watkins (9 goals, Aston).
He is tied for 6th place in Premier League scoring, following Villa).
Hwang Hee-chan also made history as a player who scored goals in six consecutive games at the home stadium
the longest in Wolverhampton club history.
He also gave the team key moments with offensive points in six consecutive games throughout September and October.
He received the Wolverhampton Player of the Month award in October and is receiving support from home fans.
Hwang Hee-chan was embroiled in transfer rumors last summer. AS Roma of the Italian Serie A and Leeds United of the English Championship (second division) were the clubs subject to transfer speculation.
Due to frequent injuries and poor goal-scoring ability, it was difficult to see him as a solid starting player in Wolverhampton.
But everything changed in 6 months. Wolverhampton extended Hwang Hee-chan’s contract, which was valid until June 2026
until 2028 and significantly increased his salary, acknowledging him as a key player for the club. The effects of Korean marketing are also gradually appearing.
After signing a new contract with Hwang Hee-chan, Wolverhampton general manager Matt Hobbs was happy, saying, “By signing the contract
Hwang Hee-chan showed that he is not turning his attention elsewhere.”
Regarding Hwang Hee-chan, he said, “Hwang Hee-chan’s versatility really helped coach O’Neill play across the front line. Like Pedro Neto
he also benefited from the faith that coach O’Neill showed in him. After both of them came here, “I was able to play my best soccer,” he praised.
If Hwang Hee-chan suffered from transfer list mentions that were close to rumors of his release last summer
he has recently been receiving the same treatment as his former boss, with rumors of him joining the prestigious Arsenal emerging.
As a result, the renewal of Hwang Hee-chan’s contract with two and a half years left until his existing contract expires is bound to be a great help to Wolverhampton.
Hwang Hee-chan was previously receiving an annual salary of around 2.6 billion won, but his annual salary has now risen significantly to around 8 billion won.
“I’m really happy to stay here and I want to say thank you to my team-mates, staff, family and fans,” said Hwang Hee-chan. “I’m not satisfied with the new contract.
Sometimes I talk to my colleagues about our ambitions and we have the same ambitions.
I have more responsibility for victory and I am ready to fight for the team,” he said.
It was a long journey. In 2014, while he was a student at Pohang Steel High School
Hwang Hee-chan went to Europe with a pair of soccer shoes and took a test, and was able to join the Austrian powerhouse Red Bull Salzburg.
It happened in January 2015.
However, he did not join Salzburg straight away.
He joined Austria’s second-tier side, Rippering, and only after playing for a year was he able to play in Salzburg.
Hwang Hee-chan, who scored 45 goals in 126 games for Salzburg, including the UEFA Champions League, and formed a trio with Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton) and Erling Holland (Man City)
achieved his dream of becoming a big leaguer by joining Leipzig in the Bundesliga in the summer of 2020. .
In fact, Hwang Hee-chan played for a year on loan at Hamburg, Son Heung-min’s former team, in the 2018/19 season during his Salzburg days
but Hamburg was in the second division at the time.
Hwang Hee-chan was not such a standout player in Leipzig. Combined with COVID-19 and injuries, he only scored 3 goals in 26 games over the year.
However, after a year, he became a Premier League player after playing for Wolves on loan, and signed a four-year contract through a permanent transfer in 2022.
After two years of struggle at Wolverhampton, he finally established himself and laid the foundation to become the club’s franchise star.
Looking back, Hwang Hee-chan’s dream of succeeding in Europe became the driving force behind him becoming the ace of a mid-tier Premier League club.
Hwang Hee-chan experienced quite a bit of bitterness in his life, as he came on as a substitute in the second half of the final match against Germany in the 2018 Russia World Cup group stage and then came back out.
He did not stand out in German clubs such as Hamburg and Leipzig, so when he joined Wolverhampton, he was assessed as saying, “Doesn’t he need to improve his skills?”
However, while maintaining his unique breakthrough ability, he developed his goal-scoring ability and leadership this season
rising to a level A striker in Europe within a few months, and receiving rave reviews from great football players such as Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) and Pep Guardiola (Manchester City). did. He did not get frustrated and achieved his current great results after clashing with European big leaguers.