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Previously undroppable, Hwang Hee-chan's Wolves starting berth could now be under threat

Wolves’ goalscoring problems have been well documented this season.

The club have only hit 12 in the Premier League so far, which makes them the second-worst offensive team in the division.

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Only Norwich City have scored fewer.

It is very disappointing given Bruno Lage came in with the reputation as being an attacking coach.

That said, Wolves have been very wasteful at times this season. That tally of 12 should be much higher given the chances created.

There is a lot of responsibility on Raul Jimenez to score the goals for Wolves. But also, now, Hwang Hee-chan.

The South Korean came in on loan from RB Leipzig and flew out the traps with four goals in his first seven matches.

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His form earned him the Wolves’ Player of the Month award for October.

But since he got that award, Hwang’s form has taken a bit of a dip.

He has struggled to have much of an impact of late, and against Liverpool and Burnley he was very quiet.

The situation perhaps leaves Bruno Lage with a big call to make ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester City.

That’s because Daniel Podence will be available after his recent positive test for Covid-19.

Could Lage drop Hwang against Manchester City?

This would have been unthinkable only a few weeks ago, but it is something Lage will have to give consideration to.

Hwang just hasn’t been performing lately. Perhaps he needs a rest and to recharge his batteries. He certainly works very hard for the team and has played a lot of minutes since his arrival.

Podence will be available for selection this weekend after missing the games against Norwich, Burnley and Liverpool.

He likely would have started against Norwich, after his positive display against West Ham when he assisted Jimenez’s goal.

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With a full week of training under his belt ahead of Manchester City, he could come back in as a starter.

Adama Traore has been looking good since coming back into the side, and obviously has previous at the Etihad so he surely has to start.

That makes Hwang vulnerable, but it remains to be seen if Lage makes such a big call.