Loaned out to Fortuna Düsseldorf by Watford for the season, Dodi Lukebakio has already shown the German crowds what he can do with two goals in his first DFB Pokal game against RW Koblenz.
Used more as a sub in the Bundesliga for now, the winger is still acclimatising himself to his new surroundings, but the hope, for both the forward and the Hornets, is that he’ll get a lot of minutes under his belt this season.
Speaking to Walfoot, the young winger explained his choice of destinations were somewhat limited as Watford wanted him to go to a club in a league ‘similar to the Premier League’, which, in turn, ruled out a return to Belgium.
He said: “I thought about it a lot before making my mind up, because getting time on the pitch was what was most important. Landry Dimata (who used to play for Wolfsburg) convinced me as he knows me qualities. The Bundesliga is a difficult competition, but it doesn’t scare me”.
Helped by Benito Raman, another Belgian footballer, to settle at Düsseldorf, Lukebakio is currently with Belgium’s U21s, who will play Malta on Friday before facing Hungary next Tuesday.
The 20-year-old was signed from RSC Charleroi for £4.5m last January, and only made one appearance for Watford during the second half of last season, playing 15 minutes in a 2-0 loss against West Ham.