Matty Cash and Aston Villa face monumental task vs Wolves

The struggles for Wolverhampton Wanderers were clear for everyone to see at the beginning of the season.

They failed to score in their first three Premier League games despite creating several chances. This all changed once Hwang Hee-chan made his debut, however.

He made his first appearance for them against Watford when he was substituted on for Francisco Trincao in the 63 rd minute. The scoreline was 0-0 at this point and it looked like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon for the Wolves fans. The striker’s immediate impact was evident.

Wolves broke the deadlock just ten minutes after he came on and shortly after their first goal, Hwang sealed the game with his first goal for the club. His performances off the bench following this display eventually led to him being given a starting role in Bruno Lage’s side.

The problem he has solved for Wolves wouldn’t shine through until the game against Newcastle, though.

Wolves have accumulated an expected goals (xG) value of 9.5 xG. Despite this they have only scored four goals so far this season. They have flooded forward with the likes of Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Trincao but an end product and clinical edge has eluded them so far.

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Hwang Hee-chan solves this issue in a lethal fashion for Wolves and demonstrated it clearly against Newcastle. He scored both goals in the 2-1 win and the high level of finishing he displayed on both occasions outlines why he could be the saviour for this side.

With a total of three goals coming from just 1.4 xG, he is displaying the level of finishing that the team so desperately needed. While others are consistently failing to put their chances away, Hwang is punishing teams with the smallest of opportunities he is being given.

As a side they struggled to score goals to begin with this season, but Hwang possesses an innate ability to do this with ease and stopping him on Saturday should be a priority for Aston Villa. He has been operating on the left wing of a 3-4-3 formation currently so it is likely Matty Cash will be tasked with defending him.

In previous games, Cash has been given a more flexible role as a wing back to get forward. However, in this fixture it may be wise that he operates as a traditional full-back and stays close to Hwang, ensuring he tracks every run and essentially gives him as little space as possible to operate within.

Jimenez is also off the mark this season and poses an equally dangerous threat to Emiliano Martinez’s goal. Villa must ensure they concentrate on limiting the opportunities that these two strikers get as they are both capable of punishing Villa with the smallest of opportunities given.

Wolves are the fourth most creative side in the league behind Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. In Hwang Hee-chan, they know have a finisher who can dispatch chances and stopping him will be a monumental task for the Villa defenders on Saturday. If they do however, they stand a good chance of suppressing the threat Wolves pose.

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