Nottingham Forest have signed Hwang Ui-jo but the South Korean endured a mixed outing for Olympiacos over the weekend.
Forest made a raft of signings over the summer – as has been well-publicised – but three of them were actually loaned straight out.
Brandon Aguilera returned to Costa Rica with Guanacasteca after joining from Alajuelense.
Two joined but were immediately shipped out to Olympiacos, with Josh Bowler and Hwang Ui-jo sent away to the other team under the ownership of Evangelos Marinakis.
Nottingham Forest have signed Hwang Ui-jo
Hwang represented an interesting opportunity for Forest.
The South Korean international had suffered relegation from Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, but he can still be proud of his own performances.
Hwang bagged 11 goals and two assists in 32 games, serving as something of a shining light in a dismal season for Bordeaux.
Forest paid just £3.5million to sign Hwang after Bordeaux’s relegation, which represents a real bargain price.
The 30-year-old has been sent off to Olympiacos though, possibly with the idea of playing for Forest next season and beyond; or maybe to stay in Greece.
Hwang’s long-term future is unclear and it’s fair to say he endured an up and down outing for Olympiacos on Saturday.
Hwang started against Ionikos, leading the attack in a 4-2-3-1 system.
The Forest man picked up an assist in the first half, playing Pep Biel through on goal to make it 2-0 to Olympiacos.
The game finished 3-1 to Olympiacos but Hwang could have got himself on the scoresheet.
Konrad De La Fuente went driving down the right flank and crossed for Hwang, who was just about four yards out with an open goal at his mercy.
Hwang contrived to put the ball over the bar though, with many baffled as to how he could have possibly missed the target.
FOS Online in Greece note that Olympiacos veteran Sokratis Papatathopoulos ‘rushed’ to console Hwang, making sure the striker wasn’t too disheartened after his miss.
Hwang has shown his goalscoring ability throughout his career and we’re backing him to find the net regularly for Olympiacos soon enough – and possibly put himself in the frame for game time at Forest next season.