Wolfsburg scouting report: Wolves back in the hunt
After narrowly avoiding relegation in each of the past two seasons, Wolfsburg have found stability on the pitch and are now looking up the table.
With seven points from their opening three games, Wolfsburg’s current position of tenth may seem somewhat disappointing. However, the signs are certainly there that there is plenty more to come this season from Sunday’s visitors to the Commerzbank-Arena.
Head coach Bruno Labbadia has brought a solidity to the team which, in conjunction with experienced upstairs duo Jörg Schmadke and Marcel Schäfer, bodes well for the mid-term future of the club.
Labbadia has stayed largely true to his preferred 4-3-3 formation throughout his tenure to date, relying on a dynamic midfield flanked by tricky wingers and marauding full-backs. However, the continued absence of Ignacio Camacho has necessitated a change in tactics. The team adapted well against Leipzig last weekend, with Maxi Arnold slipping seamlessly into defensive midfield as part of a 4-4-2.
One to watch: Wout Weghorst
Whether Wolfsburg play with one or two frontmen, Wout Weghorst is always guaranteed a starting spot. The summer signing from AZ Alkmaar has appeared in all 12 Bundesliga matches so far this term, scoring five goals and providing three assists. As such, the Dutchman has been involved in half of all Wolfsburg’s goals this season.
At 197cm tall, the Netherlands international is a classic centre-forward – physical with an eye for goal. Unsurprisingly he has fired off 20 shots in total and won more than half of his challenges – the latter a particularly impressive statistic for a striker. Indeed, the towering Weghorst certainly puts himself about, shaking off a suspected concussion to take part in full training ahead of this weekend’s clash.