Three under-the-radar Wolfsburg stars set to shine at Everton

Jack Beresford picks out three German players who could prove tricky opponents when Everton host Wolfsburg at Goodison Park in the Europa League.

On paper, Everton could not be playing Wolfsburg at a better time with the Bundesliga outfit yet to pick up a win in the league and seemingly shipping goals for fun.

The Wolves have conceded in each of their last three domestic outings but while the Toffees are favourites for victory on the night at Goodison Park, the visitors have plenty in the way of talented players to not only cause problems but potentially spring a surprise result.

And while the likes of Ricardo Rodriguez, Kevin De Bruyne and Ivica Olic are likely to garner the most attention, Wolfsburg do possess plenty in the way of German talent.

Here are three German players to watch at Goodison Park:

Aaron Hunt

Born to a German father and English mother, Hunt may regret his decision to choose Die Mannschaft over featuring for the Three Lions not simply because he has just three Germany caps to his name but because it deprived world football of a genuinely talented star.

Now 28, Hunt made the difficult decision to depart previous club Werder Bremen over the summer, ending a 13-year association with the team. At Wolfsburg and in search of glory, his eye for a killer pass coupled with a solid goalscoring record makes him the potential star of the show.

Maximilian Arnold

Another midfielder who can play either on the right or centrally, Arnold was plucked from Dynamo Dresden as a teen and is quickly becoming one of Wolfsburg’s brightest young stars with ten goals in 36 appearances for the club to date.

Still just 20, Arnold is a good passer of the ball and could prove to be a dangerous opponent for Tim Howard – the youngster loves nothing more than to shoot from distance whenever the opportunity presents itself. Already capped by Germany, he is one to watch for the future.

Sebastian Jung

While Swiss World Cup star Rodriguez plays the role of marauding full-back on the left, Jung takes on a similar role on the right-hand side and could prove to be a threat going forward against Everton.

Recruited from Eintracht Frankfurt for just €2.5 million over the summer, the 24-year-old also boasts a Germany cap to his name and has received praise for his abilities on the ball and strong concentration levels.

His tackling may need some work but what Jung lacks in defensive skills he more than makes up for in focus and determination, particularly when going forward.

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