Summary

  • Gomez scores in friendly for Wolfsburg.
  • Lewandowski tips him to be a rival in top-scorer's race.
  • German centre-forward preparing for Matchday 2 debut.

VfL Wolfsburg underlined their intentions for the season by signing Germany international Mario Gomez towards the end of the transfer window.

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Fresh from winning the Turkish title with Besiktas JK – and finishing as the league's top scorer – the 31-year-old may not have been fit and ready to makes his competitive debut on Matchday 1, but the international break has given him an opportunity to shape up and his first outing in a green shirt showed how sharp he is.

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The former VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern München forward scored the only goal of the game in a friendly against Bundesliga 2 side SG Dynamo Dresden, heading in a Marcel Schäfer cross to earn the Wolves a 1-0 win. "The match was a chance for Mario to see where he's at, and he saw how far he is already," said Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking. "He scored and had four more good chances."

Gomez preferred to let his actions do the talking, declining the opportunity to discuss his debut with the media after the final whistle, but he did not need any words to confirm what the rest of the Bundesliga already knew: Gomez is back, as deadly as ever.

"He's proven how consistent he is and that he can score in any league," said a man who knows a thing or two about finding the net: last season's Bundesliga top-scorer Robert Lewandowski. "He's a super forward and he's definitely going to score quite often," added the Pole in Sport Bild magazine.

Gomez (No33) marked his Wolfsburg debut with this headed goal against Dresden.

He is not the only one expecting a flurry of goals from Germany's target man this season. "I'm not going to put a number on it, but Mario certainly knows where the goal is and how to find it," said Wolfsburg's sporting director Klaus Allofs. Gomez's past record supports such claims: averaging a goal every 113 minutes in the Bundesliga, he scores more often than anybody else currently plying their trade in Germany's top flight. Indeed, only Gerd Müller could boast a better goals-to-minutes ratio in Bundesliga history.

Lewandowski has similarly strong statistics, but Gomez's return means he has a new rival in the race for the top-scorer's prize this season. Even if Gomez may already have some ground to make up, his potential debut against 1. FC Köln on Matchday 2 could be his opportunity to begin his pursuit.

Such competition has a way of motivating forwards to greater things, though, and it may well be for that reason that Lewandowski says he is "delighted that he's back". So too are Wolfsburg fans, who have Germany's most consistent centre forward spearheading their team's assault this season, and the first impression is a resolutely positive one.