Baku on persistent form woes: “I’ll get through this.”

Baku on persistent form woes:
Once one of the country’s most celebrated youth internationals, VfL Wolfsburg fullback/midfielder Ridle Baku has settled into a prolonged slump for both club and country.

Speaking to Thomas Hiete of German footballing magazine Kicker, the 24-year-old had little to offer in terms of explanations for his poor form, but still seemed confident that he could shake it off. 

New VfL trainer Niko Kovac has been openly critical of Baku’s inconsistent play. So too has club sporting director Marcel Schäfer. In open statements to the press over the last few weeks, both men have criticized the youngster for poor focus, concentration, and discipline. Even though Baku is featuring more under Kovac’s regime (six starts in the league this year), such talk has had little effect.

“I can’t explain it,” the four-times-capped international remarked in a recent interview with German footballing magazine Kicker, “Complicated. At the moment, things aren’t going well with the team and its hard to stand out individually. I’m not in top form. I want to do better, put my individual goals on the backburner and perform well for the club.”

Like many other Wolfsburg professionals speaking to the media in recent weeks, Baku insisted that the team “had no business” performing at its current level. Much like former colleague Wout Weghorst, however, Baku simply couldn’t summon up the words to describe why such a talent-laden and heavily-drilled roster just can’t get the right results.

When it came to the team’s future prospects, his own personal issues, and a potential return to Germany’s Nationalelf, the young man with the rechristened first name intended to honor the great German striker Karl-Heinz Riedle remained adamant about turning it around.

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