In a highly revealing interview with German footballing magazine Kicker, head coach Oliver Glasner spoke in detail about the many more transfer moves Bundesliga fans can expect involving VfL Wolfsburg.
|Oliver Glasner.||Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0|
It’s been a somewhat quiet summer at VfL Wolfsburg. Ahead of his second season in charge of Germany’s green company team, trainer Oliver Glasner has made only two €5 million purchases: 18-year-old striker Bartosz Bialek and 20-year-old center back Maxence Lacroix. Such caution seems out of place for a squad that must ahead depth ahead of a grueling campaign that will potentially add four Europa League qualifying legs to an already tight schedule.
In an interview with German footballing publication Kicker, Glasner emphasized that efforts to further augment the team were far from finished. “We’re not finished with our active efforts to strengthen the squad,” Glasner told the magazine, “I’m fairly certain that it will look different on October 6th than it does today.”
The article in which Glasner is quoted goes on to note that there should be plenty of activity at Wolfsburg with respect to both entries and exits. It has been established that center back Jeffrey Bruma (who has likely lost his starting position to Marin Pongracic), attacking midfielder Yunus Malli (another returning loan player with dim starting XI prospects), and disaffected versatile defender Marcel Tisserand have all been permitted to leave.
In addition to these potential departures, striker Wout Weghorst and winger Josip Brekalo are said to have been mulling over the possibility of transfers in recent weeks. “Players have attracted interest from different clubs,” Glasner noted, “There may some who wish to make a change”.
An additional striker and a speedy appears to be in Glasner’s sites. Germany U21 winger Linton Maina of Hannover 96, a deal for whom fell through earlier, remains on the shopping list. A reliable starting right fullback also constitutes a pressing need for the Wolves. A cruciate ligament rupture will keep William Furtado out for some time and Kevin Mbabu will also miss weeks after suffering his own knee injury. The club will have to look for an external replacement.