Six Wolves youngsters have spent the last four months or so on loan at various clubs in Germany and Austria. “A loan is always an opportunity for young players to gain more match practice and boost their development,” says VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer. “We’re in regular contact [with the players], follow their development very closely and our scouts are often in attendance at the respective clubs.”
Trio at Austrian side St. Pölten
The city of St. Pölten is located around 65 kilometres from Vienna and is currently home to goalkeeper Kino Kasten and left wingers Ulysses Llanez and Yoon-Sang Hong. The trio are the first VfL players to join SKN St. Pölten since the Wolves signed a cooperation agreement with the ninth-placed team in Austria’s second tier. Kasten, Llanez and Hong are hoping to gain plenty of match practice during a one-year loan spell, and that has certainly been the case so far: Kasten has started all 14 league games for the club, keeping two clean sheets in the process. Hong has been named in St. Pölten’s matchday squad on 13 occasions, starting five games and coming off the bench six times. Llanez sat out the first two matches due to lack of fitness but has made the squad in 12 of the club’s 14 league fixtures, starting seven.
Omar Marmoush: Highly-rated striker at VfB Stuttgart
Omar Marmoush could hardly have wished for a better start to life at VfB Stuttgart. The 22-year-old’s late debut goal against Eintracht Frankfurt salvaged a draw for the Baden-Württemberg outfit on Matchday 1. Marmoush played the full 90 minutes in each of his first three appearances and has continued to impress since. He also scored a magnificent goal on his debut for the Egyptian national team but has recently been sidelined with a foot injury.
Elvis Rexhbecaj enjoying top flight with VfL Bochum
Elvis Rexhbecaj’s record at VfL Bochum speaks for itself: The 24-year-old has started every league game since joining the club on loan, playing the full 90 minutes every time. Bochum are in a rich vein of form, winning three of their last four league games to climb to 12th in the Bundesliga. An important pillar of the Ruhr district club’s midfield, Rexhbecaj has played a key role in their recent purple patch.
Tim Siersleben out of favour at Heidenheim
Tim Siersleben is having to be patient at 1. FC Heidenheim. The centre-back has appeared in two of the club’s 13 league encounters so far, playing just 18 minutes overall. The Magdeburg-born defender has also missed the last four matchdays through injury but having agreed a loan deal until 2023, the 21-year-old still has plenty of time to make a success of his time at the club.