Leeds United in pursuit of Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan - Phil Hay
Leeds United have alternative targets on their list if a deal for Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter doesn’t work out, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Writing on The Athletic website on Sunday (8 January), Hay reported that Coventry City’s Viktor Gyokeres is one option while another comes in the form of Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan.
Hwang, 26, was linked with Leeds in the summer and it is understood that Jesse Marsch is an admirer of the South Korea international, who he worked with at RB Leipzig.
Hwang may have done well with Marsch at Leipzig but he’s been poor in the Premier League at Wolves and we’d much rather see Gyokeres or Rutter brought to Elland Road this month.
Hwang has scored just one goal in 18 appearances across all competitions this season for Wolves.
Funnily enough, that came on Saturday night (7 January) when he netted in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the FA Cup at Anfield.
Hwang also scored at the World Cup, netting in a 2-1 win over Portugal in the group stages in Qatar.
But the odd big goal here and there isn’t enough.
Leeds need someone who can play regularly and score regularly.
Patrick Bamford has had it, unfortunately, and while Rodrigo has had a good goalscoring run this season, it does seem more of a purple patch rather than a sign of things to come.
Rutter and Gyokeres seem to have big futures ahead of them.
Hwang is tried and tested in the Premier League and Bundesliga and across 64 appearances in both of them, he’s scored just five times.
In other Leeds United news, the club is in advanced talks over another major signing, according to Fabrizio Romano.