The footballer in question was acquired by a league club last summer and was soon sent on loan to Olympiacos and then FC Seoul. Hwang’s six-month loan with Seoul ends on June 30 and, as a seasoned striker, he is watching Nottingham Forest’s performance closely. He’s also curious if he’ll get any playing opportunities when he returns. “Nottingham got a win yesterday so the points differential is not too big,” Hwang explained in a May 10 interview with JoongAng Ilbo, a day after Nottingham Forest triumphed 4-3 over Southampton. “I follow the highlights and check the scores.
As of May 14, Nottingham Forest sit 16th in the 20-team table, sitting just outside the relegation zone but still facing potential danger. Hwang, however, opts to keep a tight lid on the club’s prospects in the final weeks of the season.
After his European debut with Bordeaux in 2019, Hwang established himself as a regular starter and scored 29 goals in three seasons, earning him the accolade of top scorer. However, Bordeaux faced serious financial difficulties during this period, and they eventually finished last in the league and declared bankruptcy at the end of the 2021-22 season. As a result, Hwang transferred to Nottingham before being loaned to Greek club Olympiacos, as Bordeaux faced double relegation.
Although Hwang enjoyed triumph in his football career playing in France, his success did not continue in Greece where he could not score any goals. Therefore, he quickly disappeared from the list.
After his stint with LA Galaxy, Hwang returned to Korea on a six-month loan to play for FC Seoul. According to manager An Ik-soo, Hwang performed well, showing a solid performance. In the current 2023 K League season, Hwang has already scored two goals and provided one assist. He was also instrumental in An’s rise to power and actively participated in the defense. Throughout his career, Hwang has been criticized for playing too forward as a striker. However, An repositioned him to play in a more conventional midfield role.
An remarked that “Hwang’s position is equivalent to scoring 15 goals.” Hwang seems to like his new position, saying, “If I was purely interested, I would only focus on scoring goals up front. However, it is more crucial for me to generate openings through my maneuvers and guide my team to triumph.
Although he was offered a contract by Minnesota United in the Major League soccer league in the United States, the 30-year-old declined the opportunity. According to Hwang, the conditions offered by the American team were superior to those offered by European teams. After spending three seasons in Bordeaux, the athlete’s progress is hampered. However, the individual wanted to increase his physical fitness and take on a new challenge that would allow him to once again demonstrate his abilities.
Despite the fact that I traveled to Europe at a more mature age of 27, I have a clear goal in mind.
While playing for Bordeaux, Hwang had the opportunity to face some of Paris Saint-Germain’s most renowned players, including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
According to Hwang, each of the three players possessed the ability to persevere when given the slightest opportunity to score. It’s a trait that Hwang himself was able to internalize and learn from.