“A game that all Korean fans will be excited about”… The Korean Derby, which also recognized “Happy Verge”, Son Heung-min in second place in the PL scoring rankings vs. Hwang Hee-chan in sixth place?
Wolverhampton and Tottenham Hotspur will face off in the 12th round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) season at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England on November 11 at 9:30 PM ET. Currently, Wolverhampton is 14th in the league with three wins, three draws, five losses and 12 points, while Tottenham is second in the league with eight wins, two draws and one loss and 26 points. This is a highly anticipated matchup as both Hwang and Son have been in tremendous form this season.
Hwang has had an incredible season. He scored against Brighton in Round 2, followed by goals against Crystal Palace in Round 4 and Liverpool in Round 5, and then scored in the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup).
The peak came in the seventh round against Manchester City. Hwang, who also started that game, scored the game-winning goal in the 21st minute of the second half to break the 1-1 tie. The goal was significant for Hwang, as he had been the subject of some controversy after his manager, Pep Guardiola, referred to him as “The Korean Guy” in a pre-match interview.
“I believed we could win,” Hwang said on the club’s channel after the game. After halftime, we told each other that we could get a good result, and we did. I’m happy and in a good mood. Every goal I score means something, but it feels great to score at home. Mateusz Cunha’s assist was great. I’m happy to be able to help the team,” he said emotionally.
The unstoppable Hwang Hee-chan was once again in action. After starting against Aston Villa in Round 8, Hwang scored his second goal in as many games when he opened the scoring eight minutes into the second half. Although Wolverhampton were unable to hold on to the lead and came away with a point, it was one of Hwang’s best individual performances.
By scoring his fifth league goal in two consecutive games, Hwang made history for the club. “He became the first player in Wolverhampton history to score five consecutive attacking points in PL home games,” Opta wrote after his fifth league goal. He has done so since last season’s 37th round home game against Everton, and this season’s games against Brighton, Liverpool, Man City, and Villa. The goal also moved Hwang into fourth place on the PL scoring charts behind Elling Holland, Son Heung-min, Alexander Isaacs, and Mohamed Salah.
The stats also show that Hwang’s goal-scoring prowess was impressive for a relatively weak team in Wolverhampton. According to the official PL social media leaderboard, Hwang converted five of his 12 shots on goal, giving him the highest shot-to-goal ratio in the league. That’s a lot of concentration in the box.
After recording one assist against Bournemouth in Round 9, Hwang got back on the scoresheet against Newcastle United in Round 10. With his goal, Hwang became the first player to score in six consecutive games at home since Wolverhampton’s founding in 1877. “This record is a great honor for me,” he said in a post-match interview. But all the goals I scored were created by my team, we play very hard and understand each other very well. I would like to thank my teammates and the fans for their support.”
On the PK incident in the 44th minute, he said: “It’s very difficult to talk about this situation after the game, but I saw someone block me while I was clearing the ball. After that I just stopped, and I think he touched me. I don’t know exactly, but I don’t think it was a PK, but the referee made the call and all I could do was help the team, so I’m glad I scored the goal.”
Sky Sports in the UK gave the dramatic equalizer a rating of 7 and commented on Hwang’s PK: “Cher was good at getting to the ball after Hwang’s touch and anticipating the contact. However, some may argue that it was not as clear as the referee would have seen in real time.”
Head coach Gary O’Neill added: “It was an ugly, ugly call. It was ugly and horrible, especially that the VAR didn’t step in. I think they (the referees) made a huge mistake,” he said. “Hwang Hee-chan made very minimal contact with Cher to clear the ball. I mean almost no contact. The ball was already at his feet before Hwang made contact with Cher. So it’s a terrible decision,” he said, expressing his incomprehension of the call.레모나토토 주소
Many pundits praised Hwang for his goal. Karen Carney of Sky Sports in the UK said of Hwang’s goal: “He’s world class. He’s a player who is willing to do anything, and he’s particularly good at pushing it in from distance. That’s why he’s at Wolverhampton. He creates magical moments. If you look at the goal, Dan Byrne slides in, he knows he’s going to be tackled, he’s got the pace, he’s world class.” Former PL player Robbie Musto also raved about him on his podcast, saying, “His goal reminds me of Messi’s.”
Hwang Hee-chan was also nominated for PL Goal of the Month for his goal against Newcastle. “Eight of the best goals in October 2023 have been nominated for the Budweiser Goal of the Month Award,” the PL Secretariat said on its official website on October 2, releasing a video of the eight goals. In addition to Hwang, Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, Brentford’s Brian Mbemo, and Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot were also nominated.
This is the first time he has been nominated for the award since entering the PL. The winner will be determined by a combination of fan votes and the opinion of an expert panel. If Hwang wins the Goal of the Month award, it will be the first of his career in the PL and the first time a ‘Korean Leaguer’ has won the award in almost three years, following the 2019-20 season when Son Heung-min won the award.
The competition will be tough. Nketiah, who scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Sheffield United on April 28, is another strong contender. Nketiah scored his third goal of the game 13 minutes into the second half, when he took a 2-0 lead, with a trademark mid-range shot from just inside the penalty area. Nketiah is joined by Mbemo, who finished with a left-footed shot from Neil Moufei’s pass against Burnley, Dalot, who scored with a stunning curling effort against Sheffield Wednesday, and Bournemouth’s Philip Billing, who scored with a long-range chip against Burnley that was reminiscent of David Beckham.
He failed to score against Sheffield Wednesday in Round 11, but he did provide an assist, extending his attacking points record to six games in a row. According to SofaScore, Hwang, who played full-time, made four key passes, created one crucial chance, and won two dribbles (out of four), along with one assist, to earn a 7.1 rating, the highest in the team, alongside Kilman. Football stats outlet Footmob also recognized Hwang’s performance, giving him a 7.8 rating, the highest on the team. Six goals and two assists in 11 league games so far. Hwang is off to his best start since joining the PL.
Son Heung-min has been equally impressive this season. It all started in September in the fourth round against Burnley. Starting as a frontline striker in place of Heung-min, he scored a hat-trick to lead his team to a 5-2 victory. At the same time, he surpassed former Chelsea “legend” Didier Drogba’s record of 104 goals and moved into 30th place on the PL’s all-time goalscoring list.
He didn’t find the back of the net against Sheffield United in the fifth round, but got back on the scoresheet against Arsenal in the sixth round. Again starting as a frontline striker, Heung-min scored a multi-goal performance, assisted by James Maddison, to save his team from defeat. He also reached the historic milestone of 150 goals for Tottenham.
He didn’t stop there. Against Liverpool in the seventh round, Son scored his 200th European goal in the first half of a 0-0 tie. The goal gave Tottenham a 2-1 victory and secured them second place in the league and an unbeaten start to the season. The PL Secretariat also recognized Son’s performance by naming him Player of the Match (POTM) for the game. He received an overwhelming 45.7% of the vote, a near-majority.
His performance also earned him the PL Player of the Month award for September. “The Tottenham captain excelled in his new role as a frontline striker in September, his six goals helping Spurs to an unbeaten run and ending the month in second place, one point behind leaders Manchester City,” the PL Secretariat said in announcing the award.
After the international break, Son’s goal-scoring form continued, as he started again against Fulham in Round 9, scoring the opening goal in the 36th minute and assisting on James Maddison’s goal nine minutes into the second half. He added a second goal in the 21st minute against Crystal Palace in Round 10, extending his goal-scoring streak to two games.
Son Heung-min is one of the players in the PL’s incredible current goal-scoring form. “Heung-min currently has the highest big chance conversion rate (85.7%) in the PL among players who have played at least five games,” soccer statistics outlet FútbolScore.com wrote on its official social media account on Oct. 31. This is higher than Holland, who is currently the PL’s top scorer with 11 goals.
Tottenham are also cruising thanks to Son Heung-min. After starting the season with a clean slate under Enze Postecoglou, Spurs have gone eight wins, two draws, and no defeats through 10 league games to sit atop the table with 26 points (they are now second after a loss to Chelsea in Round 11). It’s no exaggeration to say that this is the best start to a season in recent years for Spurs, who have been through a dark period under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Santu and Antonio Conte since Mauricio Pochettino stepped down.
Postecoglou’s tactical prowess, as well as the quality of the newcomers he brought in this summer, have played a big part in their success. 4,000