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Victor Osimhen takes stock of his journey in Wolfsburg

Victor Osimhen

It is almost a year since Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen arrived Wolfsburg, and based on his statements in a German paper, Wolfsburger Nachrichten, Osimhen still has big dreams.

Osimhen is satisfied with his personal development, like his adjustment to training and the coming winter. He witnessed his first winter last year fresh from Ultimate Strikers academy in Nigeria to Wolfsburg.”I know what to expect. To witness snow, in reality, was an unusual feeling.”

Taking a look back at his first days in Wolfsburg, he says”I was well received, especially from Joshua Guilavogui(team mate).I have never been to Europe for a long time and have had many wonderful experience over the past few months. I feel good here.”

The U-17 world cup top scorer, decided to play for Wolfsburg because he saw better chances to develop.”I am learning how football in Europe functions.” However, he is not totally satisfied,”I did not achieve all the goals i had set myself.”

Osimhen had wished for more appearances in the Bundesliga, one or two goals in the statistics in his first months. “Sometimes you plan something, but then it does not work out that way. I’ll keep going on with my work.”

Osimhen has to contend with strong competition from the likes of Divock Origi and captain Mario Gomez.He says, “I know my qualities and know how to help the team. But i’m in no hurry at all. I am patiently waiting for my chance. And when it comes, i want to grab it.”

Osimhen wants his chance as soon as possible because he dreams of the World cup with Nigeria. “If I improve, i could get a call.” He admits that he is in regular contact with the coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr.

He dreams of a great career, wants to make himself indispensable, and promises to fight on, “If i stop working hard, my dream will surely die. But if i give everything every day, I ‘ll go where i want to go. I want to make the people who believed in me proud “, he says.

Osimhen remains positive and believes hard work pays. Given the competition in Wolfsburg, his orientation is quite interesting. because it is easy to be negative and forceful with his goals, and in the process, it will derail his ambition. Osimhen has the right character as a professional to survive any obstacle that comes his way. And in the long run, it will eventually pay off.

Wolfsburg interested in turning Marcel Tisserand’s loan deal permanent.

Marcel Tisserand

Marcel Tisserand was signed as a temporary solution for the injured John Anthony Brooks. According to Kicker, there are indications that Wolfsburg is interested to make the loan move of Tisserand permanent.

Tisserand has played five matches for Wolfsburg so far, and the Sports director of Wolfsburg, Olaf Rebbe, said, “Marcel has performed very well.We have decided for him because he has a persona of performance and development capabilities in him. It means we are not interested to do away with him.” It is a statement of faith in Tisserand from Wolfsburg.

Brooks is back in training but it will take time for him to break the pecking order. in the interim, the combination of Tisserand and Felix Uduokhai as center-backs have been a consistent feature of Wolfsburg this season.

With the latest signals from Wolfsburg, Tisserand has achieved his dream of playing in the Bundesliga. It is a testimony to the adage that hard work pays.

Victor Osimhen impresses Wolfsburg coach

Victor Osimhen

The long wait for Victor osimhen to make his debut this season is over. Wolfsburg played at home against Mainz and Osimhen came in the 84th minute for Divock Origi.

The coach of Wolfsburg, Martin Schmidt, decided to feature Osimhen in the match because of his dedication and abilities in training. Schmidt espoused Osimhen’s skills in Wolfsburger Allgemeine, ” it was a decision for Victor. He trained very well and scored the most goals. He is the most effective runner and i wanted to reward him.”

It appears that Schmidt is now a fan of Osimhen. The 18 year old Nigerian is still learning the ropes but Osimhen has been able to break the pecking order in Mario Gomez’s absence. Landry Dimata who is contending for the position did not make it to the bench against Mainz.

It is still unknown, if Osimhen will play in Wolfsburg’s next match against Bayer Leverkusen. Because the injured Mario Gomez could make his comeback in the match.

If Osimhen is injury free and continues to work hard with dedication, he will definitely see his dreams come to fruition in the Bundesliga.

Victor Osimhen still waiting for his chance at VFL Wolfsburg

Victor Osimhen

When Victor Osimhen signed for Wolfsburg earlier this year, it was based on a commitment to gradually integrate in to the team. Despite his huge talent , Osimhen is yet to see action.

The reason for his inability to wear the wonderful colors of Wolfsburg is based on one factor alone-lack of chance.

Wolfsburg has seen officials sacked faster then the speed of light. Valerien Ismael, who was the coach when Osimhen was signed last season, is no longer there. Andries Jonker, who barely saved Wolfsburg from relegation last season was recently fired. The sports director who gave the green light for Osimhen to sign for Wolfsburg, Klaus Allofs was sacked. Martin Schmidt is the new coach in Wolfsburg.

Given the changes that Wolfsburg have experienced in 9 months, it is difficult for Osimhen to convert the confidence garnered through months of training and discipline to any successful conclusion. Because he had to start all over again with a new coach. Osimhen made it to the bench for three matches so far this season.

Recently, Mario Gomez of Wolfsburg was injured and out for at least a month. His position became available. However, the following players, including Osimhen, were contesting for the position. They are Landry Dimata, Paul-Geroges Ntep and Kaylen Hinds.

Despite the circumstances, Osimhen has taken it in stride and hopes for a better day. Who knows, if he finally get his chance to play for Wolfsburg, may be he could soar like a super eagle.

Marcel Tisserand replaces injured John Anthony Brooks temporarily in Wolfsburg.

Tisserand

VFL Wolfsburg have found a replacement for the injured American central defender, John Anthony Brooks. They have signed Marcel Tisserand of FC Ingolstadt until the end of the season.

Given that Brooks injury will last 3 months before he could play again, the officials in Wolfsburg had to look for a viable player that fits the profile of the club.

The 24 year old French- Congolese, played for FC Ingolstadt last season but could not prevent the club from relegation.

Tisserand has been given the number 29 jersey.

Victor osimhen finally signs for VFL Wolfsburg.

Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen has been waiting for this day to sign a professional contract when he turns 18. He was officially 18 years old some days ago, but was unveiled at VFL Wolfsburg with the number 18 jersey on Thursday.

Osimhen is a Nigerian attacker who had a wonderful time at the U-17 world cup in Chile in 2015 and top scorer with 10 goals. Wolfsburg signed him from Ultimate Strikers Academy in nigeria for 3,5 million Euros.

Osimhen, rejected offers from clubs like Arsenal, Inter or AC Florence. He decided to pitch his tent with Wolfsburg. He said “my chances of developing are best here.” Also, ” at Arsenal, i do not have a chance of playing in the first team. Wolfsburg is the best place for me to jumpstart my career.”

The coach of Wolfsburg, Valérien Ismael said at the training camp in La Manga, Spain, “he is fast and has a super finishing.”

Osimhen is ready to prove his worth to the team but he is battling with a meniscus operation that was performed in November last year. Ismaël “we intend to build him slowly and must watch his development from week to week.” Already the Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, enquired about Osimhen in prelude to his nomination for the national team. Unfortunately, his recovery from the meniscus operation made Rohr change his mind.

i wish him all the best of luck in the Bundesliga.

Dieter Hecking criticizes Bas Dost.

Wolfsburg defeated Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga 2-0 with the goals scored by Bas Dost of Wolfsburg.However, the game was over-shadowed by criticism from Wolfsburg coach, Dieter Hecking,against Bas Dost.

Bas Dost was alleged to have been irked over his substitution in the champions league match against ZSKA Moscow during the week. Later, Bas Dost was accused of training without motivation during the week and disturbing team chemistry.

Hecking:”He should think about it,if he thinks it was correct,then he is in a wrong place. When one walks around as if his toys have been taking away from him, it does not work.”

Hecking rotated players in three positions against Hertha.Luiz Gustavo and Ricardo Rodriguez were replaced by Marcel Schäfer and Josuha Guilavogui.While,Nicklas Bendtner, started instead of Dost in 4-1-4-1 system.

The two goals by Dost was a delight to watch.

Bitter for Hertha Berlin over the injury of goal keeper, Kraft, in the first half.

It is too early to access the differences between Hecking and Dost.But, i hope both parties will settle in the interest of the team.

Felix Magath leads VFL Wolfsburg to mediocrity.

What does it take to be in the starting line up for VFL Wolfsburg on match day is still a mystery that only Felix Magath knows. The team has seen a fair number of rotations.

It has led to insecurity among the players and it shows in the style of play. The players do not play from a position of strength anymore and critics are beginning to wonder, if Magath is the right man for the job.

Take Patrick Helmes, who was banned from the team not so long ago by Magath. Only to be reactivated in the second half of the season. The reason given by Magath for his initial axing was poor commitment to training.

Likewise,Mario Mandzukic, who is the highest goal getter this season for Wolfsburg, was not on the bank in the humiliating defeat to Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Felix Magath popularly known as Qualix because of his tough training methods has become a player agent’s dream of a manager. In Wolfsburg, money is in abundant supply. And Magath has invested heavily in buying players without success on the league table.

The goals of Volkswagen, the financier of Wolfsburg to play in the European league can not be reached this season. Rather, they have settled for mediocrity.

Alarm bells are not ringing yet from the top echelon of VFL Wolfsburg. But how long will the fans confront a team that has no clear cut pattern of play or identity ?

Dieter Hoeness strikes in familiar territory.

Dieter Hoeness, the current general manager of Bundesliga champions, VFL Wolfsburg, is on a mission to recruit the best brains to assist him in Wolfsburg. He did not look too far for capable hands. He is recruiting staff from his former club, Hertha BSC. His recruitment drive makes Hertha supporters wonder if it is revenge in disguise.

Hoeness, was unceremoniously relieved of his duties at Hertha BSC, last summer after a bitter fallout with Hertha president,Werner Gegenbauer and Lucien Favre,the former manager.

Hertha chief scout,Rudi Wojtowicz, is highly rumored to be heading to Wolfsburg. Wojtowicz, is credited to be the brain behind the signing of Andrey Voronin, Gojko Kacar,Joe Simunic and Marko Pantelic to Hertha.

Jochen Sauer, a former lawyer for Hertha might also join Hoeness in Wolfsburg.

Since Hoeness’s exit, Hertha is struggling to remain relevant in Bundesliga.

If Hertha is relegated to the second division, Hoeness is already contemplating the services of Gojko Kacar and Arne Friedrich for Wolfsburg.

VEHLIX is history at VFL Wolfsburg.

The competence of a manager in a competitive league like the Bundesliga is not accessed by mere intentions or rhetoric of the manager alone. Rather, a cocktail of numerous factors like execution of the manager’s football philosophy on the green grass in combination with the league table as yardstick.

Armin Veh, who was dubbed Vehlix at the start of this season as manager of VFL Wolfsburg because of his triple function as manager,general manager and CEO à la Felix Magath(his predecessor) is the latest casualty of uninspiring football. Wolfsburg, who were Bundesliga champions last season are currently placed 10th. For Volkswagen, the official sponsors of Wolfsburg, the team is too mediocre and a far cry from the mission to put Wolfsburg on the international football map as a force to be reckoned with.

Veh, had the misfortune of constantly living in the shadow of Felix Magath. He came to Wolfsburg to continue from where his predecessor stopped. There was no radical change in the team structure. The maxim that never change a winning team might be true but for Veh, it was disaster. Most of the players who won the league last season stayed in Wolfsburg because of fantastic contracts that were offered. Sadly, this season, top players like Diego Benaglio, Edin Dzeko,Zvejzdan Misimovic or Grafite are unexciting.

VFL Wolfsburg defense has so far conceded 38 goals in 19 games. The defense is piss-poor There is no stability in defense. The players playing defense keep changing with every game. It has led to insecurity in the players approach to the game.

Equally disheartening is the integration of the new arrivals to the club.Karim Ziani, is still trying to find his feet. Obafemi Martins, is good but he is still a work in progress. Thomas Kahlenberg, is recovering from injury. The players costs millions. As general manager, CEO and manager, Veh, is responsible for the flop signings.

Recently,VFL Wolfsburg, appointed Dieter Hoeness, a veteran Bundesliga general manager to help relieve Veh of his triple functions. Unfortunately, it did not save his job. Wolfsburg lost to Cologne last weekend 3-2. It was Hoeness, who annouced Monday the termination of Veh’s contract. The project Vehlix is history at Wolfsburg, six months after it began. A new manager will be announced soon. In the interim, Lorenz-Günther Köstner is expected to take charge of affairs.

Raphael Honigstein, posits that “Wolfsburgs’s fall from grace seems to confirm a suspicion from Veh’s VfB Stuttgart days: the 48-year-old is the perfect manager for a side on a good run but neither stringent nor hard working enough to succeed in more difficult circumstances.” It is not far from the truth. However, like TAZ concludes, “the question for him is, how does his failure at Wolfsburg affects his reputation in the branch and for his future chance in the job market.” Definitely, i do not expect him to walk in the footsteps of Felix Magath in another club.

VFL Wolfsburg is in dire straits. Hoeness, is expected to guide the club. SZ cynically writes, “….the club must look for a manager, who must be strong enough to walk away from the shadow of Felix Magath. And also strong enough to fulfill the expectations of the global cooperation, Volkswagen. Football made by Volkswagen-there are not so many candidates.”

Veh, the manager from Augsburg, is very good at reinventing himself. Do not be surprised to see him in the headlines again. Hopefully, with a positive twist.