For VfL Wolfsburg, the winter break could hardly have come soon enough. The 2015 Bundesliga runners-up and DFB Cup winners finished the year three points clear of the relegation zone, after winning just four of their opening 16 matches – the final two included, averting an even grimmer scenario.
In Olaf Rebbe, the Wolves have a brand new sporting director who has got straight down to brass tacks. At the winter training camp in La Manga, Spain, head coach Valerian Ismael already had four fresh faces at his disposal – most prominent among them attacking midfielder Yunus Malli, a marquee capture from league rivals 1. FSV Mainz 05.