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VfL Wolfsburg: Yannick Gerhardt is Niko Kovac’s stealth player



Wolfsburg’s Yannick Gerhardt (28) made an impressive return to his starting eleven with his last-minute winning goal to make it 3-2 against Stuttgart. Completely relaxed, he pushed the ball over the line just before the final whistle.

His head coach Niko Kovac (50) is surprised anyway that the qualities of his defensive all-rounder are hardly noticed in Germany: “He always runs a bit under the radar in the Bundesliga.”

Gerhardt is Wolfsburg’s stealth player

The lack of appreciation is incomprehensible to Kovac. The fact that Gerhardt missed the cup (1-0 against Jena) and the first five games with a ligament injury is no explanation.

“He is someone who is a very intelligent, a very good footballer and an absolute team player,” enthuses Kovac. For him, Gerhardt belongs together Patrick Wimmer (21) and Jonas Wind (23/rehab after a thigh injury) are even among the absolute key players at VfL.

“If we’re missing these players, that’s 30 percent of a team,” explains Kovac. “And 30 percent of a team is difficult to straighten.”

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Incidentally, the victory in the basement duel was also important for Kovac. With another winless game, the discussion about his person would have become louder. Now it’s quiet until the Augsburg game.

“You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to know that it’s a relief for Niko Kovac now,” says Gerhardt.

Source: Asia Times

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