With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
Sitting third in the table and in contention for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, things are ticking over quite nicely for VfL Wolfsburg...
The story so far
It was always going to be difficult for the Wolves to emulate their successes of 2014/15, a season in which Dieter Hecking's charges finished as Bundesliga runners-up and DFB Cup winners, especially in the wake of high-profile summer departures. Yet the club have recruited shrewdly and appear to be on a solid footing this term, with healthy competition for places in every area of the pitch. While not yet in full flow, there is the sense that they will be tough to stop once they truly get going.
- Wolfsburg are unbeaten at home so far this season, with five wins and a draw from their six fixtures at the Volkswagen Arena. FC Bayern München are the only team to have picked up more points on home turf.
- The Wolves' attack has needed an average of four shots per goal so far in 2015/16 - a ratio bettered by only two league rivals.
- Hecking's charges have scored more goals from crosses (five) than any other Bundesliga side in 2015/16.
- Striker Bas Dost scored on Matchday 1 this season. In 2014/15 he needed until Matchday 14 to find the net for the first time, while in 2013/14 he had to wait until Matchday 17.
Dost may not yet have hit the kind of form that saw him torment Bundesliga defences in the latter stages of last season, but he remains a considerable threat nonetheless. The towering Dutchman has scored over a third of all Wolfsburg’s league goals (six of 17) and has also chipped in with one assist. None of his teammates come close to matching those numbers.
Most memorable quote
"What can I say? A world-class striker took five shots at goal and could have scored seven times."
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking after Robert Lewandowski's five-goal salvo for FC Bayern München against the Wolves on Matchday 6.
Brought in to fill the creative void left by the departed Kevin De Bruyne and Ivan Perisic, Julian Draxler has enjoyed a decent start to his time with the Wolves. Already in his sixth Bundesliga season despite being just 22 years old, the Germany international has scored once – the winner in a 2-1 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 11 – and provided three assists. Having played both in a central attacking role behind the striker and on the left wing, Draxler's versatility is a potent new weapon in the team's armoury.
Take a look at Wolfsburg's match-by-match progress so far with our fully interactive table.