Diego Costa received a red card for Wolves against Brentford, meaning Steve Davis must now choose someone else to lead the line for the next few games.
The veteran tangled with Ben Mee in stoppage time in yesterday’s 1-1 draw.
The incident was missed initially, but VAR instructed referee Bobby Madley to look again.
Costa was dismissed, and he will now miss the next three matches for Wanderers.
That is far from ideal, as Wolves are already without Sasa Kalajdzic and Raul Jimenez.
The former is potentially out for the whole 2022/23 season, while Jimenez is still contending with a groin injury.
Davis must now decide how best to proceed, and there a few things he could do.
Daniel Podence played as a false nine several times under Bruno Lage. But that experiment never really worked, as Podence’s creativity has always felt wasted in that role.
And then there is Goncalo Guedes, who played through the middle a number of times at Valencia.
But the 25-year-old has endured a pretty rough start at Molineux, and has really underwhelmed at times this season. He has now not started since the game against Chelsea on October 8.
So is potentially leaves Davis with one option; to get Hwang Hee-chan back into the starting XI.
Hwang Hee-chan should replace Diego Costa up front for Wolves
Hwang hasn’t started now for Wolves in the Premier League since the second game of the season against Fulham.
He went through a tough time recently when he cost Wolves a couple of points against Newcastle United with his reckless clearance that found Allan Saint-Maximin. And he then missed a penalty against Preston North End in the Carabao Cup.
Hwang’s had to bide his time for a proper chance, only coming on in games of late in the latter stages (with the exception of Chelsea away, where he got 30 minutes).
This feels like the right time for Hwang to now come back into the team.
He must be itching to prove himself, and he did score for South Korea during the last international break which he will have taken some confidence from.
Arguably, he deserves a chance more than Guedes right now.
He’s shown when he first joined the club he can be clinical for Wolves. And he did play well in those first couple of games against Leeds United and Fulham.
He needs to get over the Newcastle and Preston, and Davis should give him the chance to do so.