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Hwang Hee-chan should come back into Wolves' starting XI

Hwang Hee-chan has become something of a forgotten man at Wolves.

The South Korea international has not had a great deal of game time this season so far, after officially turning his loan move to Molineux permanent for £14 million in the summer.

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Hwang started the first couple of games for Wolves in the Premier League in 2022/23.

He managed to get an assist in the 2-1 defeat to Leeds United.

And he then kept his place against Fulham.

That game with the Cottagers was Hwang’s last league start, with Bruno Lage preferring to use the likes of Goncalo Guedes, Daniel Podence and Raul Jimenez through the middle.

Sasa Kalajdzic then started against Southampton, although he only lasted the first-half.

And then Diego Costa signed for the club, and the veteran has started the last four games now for Wolves.

So Hwang has had to bide his time for another proper chance.

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Aside from the Chelsea game where he got half an hour, the 26-year-old has only been coming on for the final stages of games. And so, it’s been difficult for him to have a proper impact.

Steve Davis should now give consideration to getting Hwang back in the starting XI.

It’s five defeats in the last six games for Wolves, and only two goals have been scored in that period.

Something has surely got to change, and it might be time for Hwang to return.

Costa might be due for a rest having featured quite heavily of late.

Jimenez is still not fit yet, and Guedes has been in atrocious form. And Podence cannot lead the line, despite Lage repeatedly playing him centrally.

Hwang deserves a chance to try and make a proper impact.

Hwang Hee-chan may not be the answer, but something has got to change for Wolves

Hwang has not been in good form this season.

He played fairly well in the first game and had some decent moments against Fulham.

But he’s largely struggled, and it feels very much like a confidence thing with him. We know he’s got ability, after his brilliant start for the club last year.

That mistake against Newcastle United obviously happened. And then he went and missed the penalty against Preston North End in the Carabao Cup match back in August.

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He’s been criticised, and rightly so at times. But players need chances to bounce back from mistakes.

Hwang did score for South Korea in the last international break and it feels now as though Davis ought to think about putting his faith in the former RB Leipzig star.