Opposition Watch: The new Korea Republic star emerging from Son's shadow

He was born in the same city as Son Heung-min, shares a similar position and has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

Now, Hwang Hee-chan will want to prove he's ready to mimic the impact of the Korea Republic superstar when the Caltex Socceroos host the Taegeuk Warriors in a key friendly in Brisbane on November 17.

Here's all you need to know about the speedy and skilful 22-year-old from Chuncheon.

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Big goals in Austrian breakthrough

Like Son, Hwang left his homeland as a teenager to pursue a European career without making an appearance in the local K League.

The Pohang Steelers youth product instead headed straight for Austria and linked up with Red Bull Salzburg in January 2015.

It was there that he honed a knack of scoring in big matches.

After spending nearly a season and a half with second-tier feeder club FC Liefering, Hwang switched permanently to Salzburg for the 2016/17 season and responded with an impressive 12 league goals.

He also netted twice in a 2-0 win at Nice in the UEFA Europa League group stage before increasing his European love affair the following term.

The dynamic attacker, capable of playing wide or through the middle, scored against Rijeka and Hibernians in UEFA Champions League qualifying in 2017/18 along with one each in meetings with Viitorul, Vitoria Guimaraes and Serie A side Lazio in the Europa League.

Hwang Hee-chan

Delivering on the international stage

Those fine performances rocketed Hwang into Korea Republic's starting XI for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

On target in a March friendly against Poland, he was thrust into the spotlight in Russia with just 14 caps to his name.

Hwang, playing on the opposite flank to Son, started Korea Republic's opening defeats to Sweden and Mexico in Group F.

The bright young talent came off the bench in the subsequent upset of Germany as Son scored one of two stoppage-time goals that condemned the former champions to a shock exit.

It wasn't the first time Korea Republic's sparkling forwards had dovetailed to deny Germany.

At the 2016 Olympic Games, Hwang and Son both got on the scoresheet in a thrilling 3-3 draw with the eventual finalists.

Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan


What makes Hwang such an exciting prospect for Korea Republic is that he is proving to be a reliable contributor when it matters most.

He highlighted a sense of maturity in the final of the Asian Games earlier this month, scoring the sealer in a 2-1 victory over Japan that meant Son and the rest of the Under-23s squad were made exempt from military service.

Following famous footsteps in Germany

Hwang has continued this momentum from last season into the newest chapter of his career.

Fittingly, as with the player to whom he appears intrinsically tied, Hwang is now making his mark in Germany.

And it's at Spurs star Son's ex-employers, too.

Hamburg, now in the second tier, became home to another Korean forward when Salzburg agreed to a one-year loan deal in August.

As if to announce his readiness to emulate the man that came before, Hwang went and scored the winner away to Dynamo Dresden on debut.

The Caltex Socceroos have been warned.