"That victory was just… incredible. An amazing game." Landry Dimata has not forgotten sitting in the stands and witnessing one of Wolfsburg’s most historic moments.

The game in question took place on 6 April 2016, when Wolfsburg defeated the then ten-time European champions Real Madrid 2-0 in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg. It's fair to say that since then Dimata has been hooked on the 2009 Bundesliga winners.

He was a youth player at Standard Liege at the time and had been invited as a guest of the club to see what life might be like were he ever to pull on a Wolfsburg jersey. As adverts go, it could hardly have gone better for VfL.

Dimata took his first step as a professional by signing for Oostende later that year, but Wolfsburg and the Bundesliga evidently made a huge impression on him. The 19-year-old is now back at the Volkswagen Arena, having scored a respectable 11 times in the Belgian Pro League in 2016/17.

Eager to take the next step in his career, it is with the Wolves that his promising development will continue, played either as a central striker – a position he is more accustomed to – or as a wide forward. He is happy to play where required, however: "It doesn't matter where. I'll play anywhere for the team and I trust in my abilities."

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With senior striker Mario Gomez set to lead the line for the Wolves this term, Dimata will have to bide his time in his wish to spearhead the attack. His talent and potential are without question, however, and it is not just Wolfsburg that are convinced.

The DR Congo-born man knows star striker and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku from the national team set-up (although Dimata is yet to appear for the senior side), and the Manchester United striker is confident his compatriot has a bright future ahead of him.

Belgium star Romelu Lukaku predicts a bright future for Dimata.

"He said I have a lot of potential," recalls Dimata. "He said I need to carry on working hard to improve and that we'll hopefully see each other again in the national team."

Those words should serve as motivation, if any more were needed, for Dimata to continue his excellent progress in the coming years.

Bernie Reeves

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