Last summer it was reported that Tottenham Hotspur were scouting South Korean international Hee-chan Hwang.
Standard Sport reported that the Red Bull Salzburg star had caught the eye of Tottenham on the Austrian club’s run to the Europa League semi-finals.
It was suggested he had struck up a friendship with Tottenham fan favourite Heung-min Son and was interested in heading to Tottenham.
However, no deal ever happened. Instead, he joined one of Son’s former clubs. Hwang joined Hamburg on loan as they embarked on a promotion battle in the German second tier. The move did not go to plan. Hwang suffered with injuries throughout the campaign, struggled to make an impact and Hamburg failed to win promotion back to the Bundesliga.
So perhaps Tottenham were right not to make a move for the player.
Although, his form at the start of this season suggests Tottenham might want to revisit their scouting reports on the player.
Hwang has started the new season on fire after returning to Salzburg from his unsuccessful loan spell.
“At some point, I would like to play in the Premier League. For me, it is the strongest league in the world.
“Ever since my compatriot Ji-Sung Park played for Manchester United, I’ve been a fan of English football.”
The 23-year-old has scored four and assisted seven goals from just seven appearances this season. That’s a direct involvement in 11 goals from just seven appearances for Hwang, who started the season on Salzburg’s bench.
He is now on international duty with Tottenham star Son and Spurs would do well to keep track of his performances against Georgia and Turkmenistan.
In December, Hwang admitted to Bild that his ultimate dream was to follow in the footsteps of hero Park-ji Sung and play in the Premier League.
If he keeps up this form, Tottenham might have to consider giving him that chance.