Eyes on the prize: Ulysses Llanez could make his first-team debut with Wolfsburg sooner rather than later. - © imago images
Eyes on the prize: Ulysses Llanez could make his first-team debut with Wolfsburg sooner rather than later. - © imago images
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US youngster Ulysses Llanez promoted to Wolfsburg's first team

Recent USA international Ulysses Llanez has been promoted to Wolfsburg's first-team as the club make a cautious return to training following the coronavirus pandemic.

Llanez, 19, joined Wolfsburg from the LA Galaxy youth academy at the start of the season and has impressed for the club's U19s, scoring 11 goals and laying on six more in his 16 games, of which 15 were starts.

That California-born Llanez has played most of his games on the wing make his goal return all the more impressive. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter has already taken note, handing the youngster his full debut in February's 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

"Ulysses is clear in his actions, strong in one-on-one situations and finishes very well," Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer explained to Kicker of the decision to promote the youngster.

Llanez got the only goal of the game as the USA beat Cost Rica 1-0 in Carson, California. - Getty Images

Wolfsburg are one of a number of Bundesliga teams who have returned to training but under strict safety conditions. The Wolves have been training in four groups, with no contact and disinfected weight rooms.

The next DFL Ordinary Assembly will take place on 23 April, with further information on plans to finish the season to follow.

Wolfsburg are currently seventh in the table, and Llanez can be optimistic of featuring in the final 11 games of the season - whenever they get played - if U19 coach Pablo Thiam's words are anything to go by.

"He's developing well but there's still a few things he can improve," he said. "But we want to show him we have a vision for him. What he's shown with the U19s he now needs to show in first-team training."