Almost a year since Nottingham Forest completed the signing of Hwang Ui-jo, the striker has now been spotted at the club. The Reds landed the South Korea international from Bordeaux for a fee of £4 million during a hectic summer transfer window in 2022.
Hwang didn’t have a chance to get his feet under the table at Forest. He was packed straight off to Olympiacos for the first half of the season and finished it with FC Seoul.
Now, Hwang has been spotted back at the Nigel Doughty Academy in the club’s new training gear. With pre-season set to ramp up in the coming weeks, perhaps he will get a chance to shine.
The striker went to the World Cup in November. He missed a sitter in his country’s opening game and that led to some criticism from BBC pundit Danny Murphy.
At 30-years-old, Hwang does look like a bit of a strange addition. Perhaps, he was a player signed for the eventuality of Forest being relegated in their maiden Premier League campaign.
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It seems hard to imagine that he will play for the Reds in the Premier League. The Reds have been linked with a couple of strikers already this summer and surely, Hwang will just be working on his fitness.
Hwang spotted in Forest training
It does seem somewhat strange to see Hwang in the Forest training kit. The new Adidas gear has been worn by the players this week and it’s down to work for the squad.
Lots of players will depart Forest before the transfer window closes. Hwang will surely be one of those and a move back to South Korea is probably the most likely outcome.
Hwang didn’t do too badly at Bordeaux. During the 2021/22 campaign, he bagged 11 goals and claimed two assists in Ligue 1 with Forest taking the chance to sign him.
With Forest’s first friendly in 10 days, it will be interesting to see whether or not he gets the chance to shine during the club’s pre-season campaign.