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Bruno Lage hails Hwang Hee-Chan's professionalism

Bruno Lage loaned in Hwang Hee-Chan during the summer before buying him in the January transfer window.

That was the most high-profile ‘incoming’ deal in the winter but it was exciting to tie down a player who has made an instant impact.

And according to the Express and Star, Lage has spoken about how pleased he is with the South Korean international despite his recent lack of goals.

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“I followed Hwang since I was at Benfica two years ago. When the name appeared in August I already had reports because me and my staff followed the player,” he said.

“When Jeff (Shi, executive chairman) said we had the chance to bring him on loan and after had the chance to buy him, every time I said yes because he is a talented player.

“He plays as a winger and gives a lot of things. He commits to the work, I can see that every day.

“He is very professional – one of the best professionals we have here. I am very happy with him. The way he plays and defends is very good for the team. With him we have more solutions to play in a different way.”

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Hwang made a flying start to life in the Premier League before the goals slowed up and then injury hit around Christmas time.

He is now working his way back to his best, but obviously he is more familiar to Premier League backlines now, which brings its own challenges.

The forward could be crucial in the push for European football because he has as much chance as anyone of taking some of the goalscoring burden away from Raul Jimenez.