October 22, 2017

Wolfsburg Add Teenage Belgian Striker Dimata

VfL Wolfsburg suffered a very disappointing 2016/2017 season, going through three coaches during the season and barely escaping relegation by defeating Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga promotion / relegation playoff.

Now Wolfsburg have added some additional firepower in Nany Landry Dimata, who signed a five-year deal with the Wolves earlier this week. Coming over from Belgian side KV Oostende, Dimata is said to have cost the Wolves a 10 million euros transfer fee. The details of the deal have not been officially released by the club.

Dimata scored 11 goals, with three assists, in 24 Jupiler League matches last season, his first with Oostende and first senior squad action of his career. He also featured in 10 more matches, five in Belgium’s domestic cup competition and another five in the Jupiler Pro League playoffs, adding another three goals and an assist to his breakout statistics.

Dimata was with Standard couch in the two previous seasons, where he played for their U19 and reserve squads but did not earn any senior squad minutes. The teen featured in Oostende’s first seven matches last season, but did not score and sat out the next four league matches before returning to action in mid-October, scoring his first goal against KV Kortrijk on October 21. He played on the left wing in two league matches — otherwise he filled the center forward role for the Belgian club.

Dimata also has international experience with Belgian youth sides. Since 2014, he has appeared in 23 international youth matches, scoring 12 times.  The teenager, born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, holds dual passports.

Wolfsburg Sporting Director Olaf Rebbe commented

Nany is a young, versatile front-man, whose potential to develop is something we have been paying great attention to for quite some time. We are delighted to have now secured his services. Landry is characterised by his extreme pace and boundless determination. He will certainly develop further still with us

Dimata will likely start the season playing behind veteran striker Mario Gomez, who re-signed with the Wolves and whose 16 league goals accounted for 47% of the Wolves meager total of 34 league goals.  Gomez, who regained his scoring touch at Beşiktaş two seasons ago, signed with Wolfsburg last summer but had a slow start in his return to the Bundesliga but blossomed after Andries Jonker was appointed coach in late February.

VfL Offseason Transactions

Dimata is Wolfsburg’s fourth signing of the summer, following the additions of Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks, 25, along with two 22 year-olds, midfielder Marvin Stefaniak of Dynamo Dresden and right back William of Brazilian side Internacional.  Leaving the club are longtime goalkeeper Diego Benaglio (AS Monaco) and left back Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), along with young backliner Jannes Horn (Koln), veteran Ashkan Dejagah and loanees Borja Mayoral and Philipp Wollscheid.  Thus far in summer dealings, the incoming players average 21 years old while those departing average 25 years old.

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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