Kaylen Hinds lost his way at Wolfsburg, showing there are no guarantees English youngsters will make it in Germany
- Former Arsenal striker Kaylen Hinds joined Wolfburg for £2million last summer
- He started well but since lost his way and is currently absent without leave
- Jadon Sancho enhanced reputation and Reiss Nelson is Hoffenheim bound
- But Hinds’ journey proves there is no guarantee of success in the Bundesliga
Germany might be the chosen destination for many of the most talented young English footballers as they emerge from Premier League academies in search of a first-team breakthrough but there are no guarantees in the Bundesliga.
Jadon Sancho has enhanced his reputation at Borussia Dortmund and Reiss Nelson is bound for Hoffenheim.
But the transition has not been so smooth for Kaylen Hinds since his £2million transfer from Arsenal to Wolfsburg last summer.
Kaylen Hinds has struggled for Wolfsburg since joining the German side from Arsenal
Hinds failed to report for pre-season in Germany last month, having been granted extended leave for personal reasons and is currently absent without leave from the club as he tries to replace a lost passport.
The 20-year-old striker, an England international at various age levels who had a spell on loan at Stevenage in 2016/17, is thought to be available for transfer but there is little interest after a season when he barely played.
Hinds signed a three-year contract last year when former Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker was in charge at Wolfsburg.
Reiss Nelson is Hoffenheim bound but there is no guarantee of success in Germany
Jadon Sancho has enhanced his burgeoning reputation at Borussia Dortmund
He made a bright start and a positive impression in his first pre-season campaign, starting in the German Cup against Eintracht Nordestedt and in the Bundesliga against Borussia Dortmund but soon lost his way.
Jonker was sacked by September and Hinds was sent on loan to Greuther Furth in the second tier where he suffered injuries and appeared only once.
His intention is to return to Wolfsburg.
Hinds is currently absent without leave and trying to remedy a lost passport issue