Divock Origi believes he is perfectly suited to life in the Bundesliga, with a key role opening up for the Liverpool loanee at VfL Wolfsburg.
Origi made his debut for Andries Jonker’s side in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Hannover 96, playing the full 90 minutes alongside Mario Gomez in attack.
The 22-year-old made the temporary switch to the German top flight in search of regular first-team football, and his first outing served as an encouraging start to life in Wolfsburg.
And speaking to Bundesliga.com after the draw, Origi felt his introduction to the Bundesliga saw him fit in “perfectly.”
“The Bundesliga suits me perfectly and when I get to know my team-mates it will be even better,” he said.
“I am relatively quick and like to come from the outside into the penalty area as fast as possible. The more I play, the more effective I will become here.
“There are many similarities [to the Premier League]. In the Bundesliga, the pace is as quick as in England.
“The Bundesliga has a lot of quality, the speed of the game is high while the matches are competitive, very open and entertaining. There is a high intensity to the game here.”
While Origi started alongside Gomez in a front two, he switched into a more focal role when the Germany international limped off with an ankle injury on 40 minutes.
Gomez is likely to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines, providing Origi with an opportunity to establish himself as Wolfsburg’s leading No. 9.
“We have to respond to the setback as a team,” the Belgian continued.
“Up front, we have a lot of different options, so somehow we must try to find a solution.
“I see it as something positive if I need to take on a lot of responsibility.
“In times like that, I don’t feel under pressure and just try to focus on my game.
“I will try to integrate as quickly as possible as I would like to contribute to our success with assists and goals.”
While he failed to find the back of the net in his first outing for Wolfsburg, Origi hit the target with more shots than any other player (three) and created one chance.
Having left Liverpool for 2017/18 in order to continue his development, the striker looks to have found the right environment to do so.