Weghorst’s stats speak a lot

Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg signed the Dutch International Wout Weghorst in 2018 on a four year contract. Since then, only Robert Lewandowski (120) has scored more Bundesliga goals since the start of the 2018/19 season than Wout Weghorst (59). Wout Weghorst’s league goals are only second to Lewandowski’s from 2018 so far.

He has netted 59 times across the last three-and-a-half seasons, three more than Borussia Dortmund’s in-demand forward Erling Haaland. He scored all these goals in 118 matches.

On 16 March 2019, he scored his first hat-trick for Wolfsburg, and first by any player for the club since Mario Gomez in April 2017, in a 5–2 league win over Fortuna Dusseldorf. He finished his first season in Germany with 17 goals, ranking joint-third in the Bundesliga goal-scoring charts for the 2018–19 campaign.

In the 2019–20 season, Weghorst produced another impressive goal return: netting 16 times in the league as Wolfsburg finished 6th.

Weghorst scored twice in the 2020–21 Europa League qualifying rounds, but Wolfsburg ultimately failed to qualify for the group stage, losing to the Greek side AEK Athens in the playoff round.

In the winter transfer, which ended a few days back, he moved to the English Premier League club Burnley after their central striker Chris Wood made a sudden move to Newcastle United.

Burnley moved on from Chris Wood on deadline day by landing an even bigger target man. Wout Weghorst scored over 50 goals in both the Eredivisie and the Bundesliga and is now looking to make an impact in England.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “Wout is a player that our scouts have been strong on for some time, and we feel that he can add to all that we do at Burnley.

“His signing is a continued show of the club’s and team’s development. We wish Wout well as he earns the right to push our group forwards.”

Club chairman Alan Pace said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have brought in a great talent with a fantastic goal-scoring pedigree in Germany. I look forward to him joining up with Sean and the team.”

His debut in the Premier League was against Watford. But he could not perform well in that match. But in his second match, which was against Manchester United, he was the standout performer. Weghorst produced an all-action display against United, which included five duels won and three shots, the most of any player.

United interim manager Ralf Rangnick also pointed out that the Dutch striker was the main threat. “He looks with his size, a little bit like Ian Rush, for example, but he’s a very technical player,” the interim boss said.

“Due to his size, he is also physically present, but he’s not that much of a physical target striker.”

“He is more of a technical player. Also, he had good times at Wolfsburg when Oliver Glasner was head coach, he did extremely well and scored quite a few goals.”