Arminia Bielefeld's Patrick Wimmer is on his way to Wolfsburg. - © Reinaldo Coddou H./Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty
Arminia Bielefeld's Patrick Wimmer is on his way to Wolfsburg. - © Reinaldo Coddou H./Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty
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Patrick Wimmer: Who is the Arminia Bielefeld winger bound for Wolfsburg?

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Patrick Wimmer will join Wolfsburg in the summer, following a breakout Bundesliga season with Arminia Bielefeld. bundesliga.com profiles the up-and-coming Austrian winger...

Patrick Wimmer

Age: 20
Club: Arminia Bielefeld (joins Wolfsburg 1 July 2022)
Position: Winger/attacking midfielder
Country: Austria (nine U21 caps, two goals)

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Wimmer's rise from amateur to professional football was about as quick as it gets. Starting out at SC Sitzenberg/Reidling, he moved to SG Waldhofen/Ybbs for the 2015/16 season and he climbed to the fourth division of Austrian football in 2017/18 with SV Gaflenz, still as an amateur. From there, it took just two years before he was noticed by Austria Vienna, whose vice-president Raimund Harreither had first spotted his talent at a club he had formed. AFW Waidhofen is an academy and college, where youngsters get to play football and study at the same time.

Watch: Patrick Wimmer, January 2022 Rookie of the Month

Harreither felt Wimmer was good enough for a professional football career and he found a place for him in Austria Vienna's reserve team – the Young Violets – but the top-flight club's coach Peter Stöger, formerly of Cologne and Borussia Dortmund, soon realised he was good enough for their first team. Six months after debuting in Austria's second division, the 5'10" right-footer was making his first appearance in the Austrian Bundesliga, entering late on in a derby against Rapid Vienna.

After 47 games and four goals for Austria Vienna, Wimmer took the next step in his career by joining promoted Bundesliga club Bielefeld in the summer of 2021. He marked his debut with a goal, but made even more headlines with a 'Rabona' assist in the 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt later in the 2021/22 season, having given Bielefeld the lead in the same game. The January 2022 Rookie of the Month is Arminia's top provider after 29 matches, with six assists, and has three goals. He has penned a five-year deal with Wolfsburg through to summer 2027.

Wimmer made his first appearance for Austria's U19s in September 2019, and went on to score three goals in nine outings before taking the step up to U21 level in November 2020.

Plays a bit like: Karim Bellarabi

Wimmer is at his best when he gets the ball at the feet and is able to run at opposition defenders, using his pace and ball control to get into dangerous positions either for a cross or to take a shot himself. Like Bayer Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi, he is direct, packs a punch with his shot and can drive defenders dizzy - and Wimmer can do that on both sides of the field, even if he has more confidence in his right foot.

Did you know?

Wimmer's goal in the 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on 28 August 2021 made him the first ever Austria U21 player to score on his Bundesliga debut, and the fifth-youngest Austrian ever to score in Germany's top flight after David Alaba, Harald Cerny, Kevin Danso and, by just four days, Martin Harnik.

What they're saying

"He’s versatile, can play on either wing but also be used as a second striker or right-back. He brings power, energy and pace. He also possesses great shooting ability, plays without inhibition, creates chances and has an eye for his teammates. He wants to keep getting better and he will certainly enhance our game." - Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer

"He sometimes does some incredible things. He's a creative player and you shouldn't take that away from him." – Bielefeld coach Frank Kramer

"There's something crazy and care-free about him; he's got a youthful folly, which does us the world of good. If he sticks at it and works on getting some of the basics right, which help the team, then he will be even more valuable." – Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega