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Baku is gambling away its status

After being brought from Mainz for around 10 million euros in autumn 2020, Ridle Baku (24) really took off at VfL Wolfsburg. A few weeks later, in November 2020, he made his senior debut in a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic.

From the former top form is hardly anything to see.

Baku is gambling away its status!

Granted: At 0:2 in Munich, the lightning-fast Alphonso Davies was his opponent. As a right-back in the back four, Baku failed to close Bayern’s left tempo side. Also because you need the help of your colleagues.

But: Baku’s duel behavior and ball security were not below average for the first time.

His form curve began to plummet in preseason when he was seeded one position up on the right lane.

It was only about two weeks ago that Baku received official criticism for the first time. After the difficult 1-0 win in the cup at fourth division Jena, Wolfsburg’s sporting director Marcel Schäfer (38) summed it up with regard to the right foot: “He needs to improve a few things. Especially when it comes to focus, concentration and attention.” The public announcement has so far failed to have any effect.

Newcomer Schalke 04 are coming to Wolfsburg next Saturday (3.30 p.m.) – Baku’s regular place is shaky. Summer access Kilian Fischer (21, came from Nuremberg) is a questionable option after injury. Pole Jakub Kaminski (22, came from Lech Poznan) can also cover the position at the back right.

Bad news from Jonas Wind. The Danish striker will be out for up to two months with a hamstring injury.