Hwang Hee-chan says Wolves will aim for Champions League next season
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Hwang Hee-chan says Wolves will aim for Champions League next season

Hwang Hee-chan has said Wolves will be aiming for Champions League qualification next season.

Wanderers are about to finish what has been a rollercoaster season.

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There is just one game remaining for Wanderers in the Premier League, against Arsenal at the Emirates Staidum.

Currently, Wolves sit 13th in the table on 41 points.

Wolves can finish in 12th if they beat the Gunners and other results go their way.

But there is also potential for Wolves to slip down to 15th, which would be disappointing and of course mean less prize money.

So Julen Lopetegui will be wanting a strong finish to the season, against an Arsenal side that has faltered in recent weeks.

But Wolves have been pretty awful on the road this season, so many Wolves fans will not be feeling too optimistic.

It’s all about next season for Wolves, and there could be a lot of changes to the squad this summer.

But one man who is seemingly going to be sticking around is Hwang, who has been speaking about the objectives for next term.

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The South Korean, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday, has boldly stated that Wanderers will shoot for the top four in 2023/24.

He said (Express & Star): “We are just so happy to stay in the Premier League, but it was not our aim. I think next season, we will try to start well and fight for the Champions League, or fight to stay high in the league.”

Since coming back to the Premier League, the highest Wolves have finished in the table is seventh (2018/19 and 2019/20).

Molineux has seen Europa League football, but Champions League football would be something incredible.

Hwang Hee-chan’s ambition is admirable, but there’s a lot of work to be done for Wolves to achieve Champions League football

This is the kind of remark that will probably lead to mockery from rival fans. But good on Hwang for showing some ambition.

Wolves have had two consecutive poor campaigns now, and fans are hoping Julen Lopetegui will be the man to bring back the good times at Molineux.

But there’s a lot of work to be done.

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Teams around Wolves have been getting better.

Newcastle United are now a huge financial super power, which makes a top four finish even more difficult.

Wolves need to keeping showing good home form next season, but seriously need to improve on the road.

And there also needs to be some investment in the transfer window for Lopetegui. There have already been whispers he might not get that much to spend, so Champions League football might still be some way off.