Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has backed Nicklas Bendtner to overcome his slow start to life at the Volkswagern Arena, after the striker was omitted from the first-team squad on the weekend.
Bendtner, 26, struggled to find a new club over the summer after his Arsenal contract expired, until being given a chance at Wolfsburg in August after the Bundesliga outfit came up short in their respective pursuits of Alvaro Morata, Mario Mandzukic and Romelu Lukaku.
The Danish international has far so failed to produce a goal or assist in eight games, however, and, after complaining about a lack of service from his new teammates earlier this month, was left out of the side for the 2-1 win at Freiburg.
Allofs insists, though, that the issue has been blown out of proportion, and believes the former Gunners front man will come good under manager Dieter Hecking, despite Ivica Olic and now Bas Dost moving ahead of him in the pecking order.
‘We shouldn't turn it into a sensation every time we make changes,’ he told Kicker. ‘We've got three strikers, who all have the potential to play. We are convinced that [Bendtner] will score decisive goals when we need him.’
Bendtner won’t have a chance to prove himself during this week’s Europa League trip to FC Krasnador, however, as it’s since been revealed that he is suffering with a groin problem.
After his Arsenal stint ended in unceremonious fashion, the polarising hitman’s move to the Bundesliga was supposed to revitalise his career, but it’s clear that a fresh start has done little to turn around his on-going plight.
While he’s shown clear glimpses of his talent in the past, the point has now been reached where it’s doubtful that he’ll ever fulfil the potential which once made him one of the Gunners’ most exciting prospects.