When Nigerian starlet Victor Osimhen signed for Wolfsburg earlier this year, it was based on a commitment to gradually integrate the 2015 Fifa Under-17 World Cup winner into the team. However, despite his huge talent , Osimhen is yet to see action.
Bad luck and a trigger-happy board have contributed to Osimhen’s current situation. 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. But for how long?
Given the changes that Wolfsburg has experienced in nine months, it is difficult for Osimhen to convert the confidence garnered through months of training and discipline to a stint in the first team. He has had to start all over again with each new coach. Osimhen has made the bench for three matches so far this season.
Recently, first choice striker Mario Gomez was injured and out for at least a month. However, Landry Dimata, Paul-Georges Ntep, Kaylen Hinds and Osimhen were in contention to replace the injured striker.
Despite the circumstances, Osimhen has taken it in stride and hopes for better days ahead. He is still young and has time on his side. He should keep his head down, keep working hard in training and keep learning. When he finally get his chance to play for Wolfsburg, he should then show the quality he was capable of at junior level for Nigeria and start thinking of adding to his one international cap from a friendly match against Togo in June this year.
A version of this article was first published in Bundesligavibes.com.