RB Leipzig is already planning for life without Chelsea new boy Timo Werner as the German team the South Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan from Salzburg
- Julian Nagelsmann left a crucial hole in his RB Leipzig squad
- Chelsea have arrested star striker Timo Werner for £ 48 million
- The German shot in 34 goals in 2019-20, a number to replace Nagelsmann
- To begin rebuilding, Leipzig sealed Hwang Hee-chan from RB Salzburg
RB Leipzig’s plans to rebuild their attack after the departure of prime man Timo Werner are already taking shape, with the Bundesliga side singing Hwang Hee-chan.
Werner’s £ 48 million transfer to the Premier League with Chelsea will leave Leipzig’s record scorer leaving the club. The German scored a crucial 28 league goals this season, a score they should find for 2020-21.
Hwang, who signs with sister club RB Salzburg, scored 16 goals and 22 assists for the Austrian squad this season, starting alongside Erling Haaland for the transfer of the Norwegian sensation mid-season to Borussia Dortmund.
Hwang Hee-chan has to fill Timo Werner’s boots at RB Leipzig next season
Leipzig record scorer Timo Werner has been lured to Chelsea for a £ 48 million fee
Hwang played for Salzburg in the first half of the season alongside Erling Haaland
“Hwang Hee-chan fits our profile perfectly,” said sports director Markus Kroesche in Leipzig in a statement.
“He can play anywhere in the attack, on the wings or down the middle. He gives us even more flexibility, with his pace and movement.
“Hwang Hee-chan had a brilliant season in Austria, impressive as a goalscorer and provider, and in the Champions League.”
South Korean striker Hwang impressed Salzburg this season with 16 goals and 22 assists
Hwang played for South Korea 32 times and was also part of the Olympic team in 2016.
“I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing for Leipzig and in the Bundesliga,” said Hwang.
“I join a young club with ambitious goals and a team that is hungry for success. They suit me well, as does their offensive football style. ‘
Hwang was on the score sheet in Salzburg’s narrow 4-3 defeat this season against Liverpool
Hwang scored a goal and assist in Salzburg’s dramatic 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League group stage at Anfield.
Despite falling firmly in Haaland’s towering shadow, Hwang left the league with three goals and five assists, as Salzburg didn’t make it to the last 16.
Hwang has also played 32 games for his native South Korea, including three games at the 2018 World Cup.