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South Korea News: Hwang eyes World Cup impact

1 year ago

In the latest South Korea news, Red Bull Salzburg forward Hwang Hee-chan is hoping to string together some impressive performances at the World Cup to put himself in the shop window.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a strong 2017-18 campaign with Salzburg as they eased to the league title, 14 points clear of their nearest rivals, and also finished runners-up in the Austrian Cup.

Hwang chipped in with 11 goals in all competitions and his performances are understood to have attracted interest from a number of European clubs.

It’s claimed Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund have been keeping close tabs on his progress since he landed in Europe from Pohang Steelers in 2015 to sign for FC Liefering.

The forward makes his first ever World Cup appearance this summer with the Taegeuk Warriors although most onlookers expect the Asian nation to struggle in Russia.

South Korea, who are priced at 3/1 to qualify from their group with Sky Bet, have been handed a tough draw and will need to compete with Germany, Mexico and Sweden for a route out of Group F.

Hwang insists he is focused on trying to help South Korea defy the odds and hopes his performances also help him to impress potential suitors.

Hwang said: “If I can display unselfish performance with the national team, I think many people’s attention will follow. I’ll first concentrate on winning matches.”

National team boss Shin Tae-yong has hinted at changing South Korea’s approach for the World Cup campaign and Hwang insists he will be happy to play any role requested of him.

He added: “With my clubs, I played in a two-forward system. Although the two-striker system is comfortable for me, I’ll also do my job if Shin orders me to play as a lone striker in front.”