After months without any real football on offer the German Bundesliga is well and truly off and running – albeit without fans. Of course, after talking of empty stadiums, face masks and socially distanced celebrations died down things quickly turned back to what we love. The football. More specifically, the players. Here, we look at five players who have made an impression after the restart.
Number 5 – Marin Pongracic
Pongracic penned a deal with VfL Wolfsburg back in January despite reported interest from Bayern Munich – where he came through the academy. The 22-year-old made his Bundesliga bow a few years back before joining RB Salzburg where he impressed prior to returning to Germany.
He’s instantly become a key figure at the heart of Wolfsburg’s defence and two goals in their 4-1 away win at Leverkusen will do little to put off his admirers given his defensive and ball playing qualities are blatantly apparent. A senior Croatian cap must be imminent.
Number 4 – Joshua Kimmich
FC Bayern have been the standout side since the return to action and hold a seven point lead at the top of the table. Kimmich has been a big player in each of their games grabbing an assist in their 2-0 win over Union Berlin. What really put him to the forefront of people’s minds though was his 18 yard strike – a sumptuous chip – that gave Bayern a win over Dortmund on Tuesday evening. With just six games remaining it looks like Kimmich will soon collect his fifth consecutive title. A tidy haul given he is only 25-years-old.
Number 3 – Erling Braut Haaland
We’ve already mentioned Pongracic, who kept Haaland reasonably quiet, even though Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 2-0 on Saturday. The same can’t be said for the Schalke defence that faced off with Dortmund on the returning weekend.
The game was only 29 minutes old when Haaland effortlessly glided into the area to steer in his 13th goal in 14 games since opting to join Dortmund over Manchester United in January. The Norwegian man has everything you’d want in a striker and can’t stop scoring. With Real Madrid watching his every move it surely can’t be long until he’s at the very top.
Number 2 – Kai Havertz
In his first couple of games back on the pitch Havertz, 20, scored back to back braces as his Bayer 04 Leverkusen side brushed aside struggling Werder Bremen and then followed that up with a win over Monchengladbach.
The heavy defeat to Wolfsburg brought Havertz and co back to Earth though but whilst the team fight for Champions League qualification the young attacker looks destined for the top. Spanish pair Barcelona and Real Madrid along with Bayern Munich are all keenly watching but a £90m fee might cause them to pass given the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Number 1 – Timo Werner
Two of the three games that Werner has featured in have been fairly uneventful for the usually electric forward. If it was based on those games alone then he wouldn’t have been on this list. The reason, however, he virtually picks himself at number one is because of the hat-trick he bagged against Mainz at the weekend. His season tally stands at 24 goals and seven assists in 28 matches. Werner has emerged as a top target for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side too; given he has a £48m release clause it’s a deal that could well happen. Don’t expect Werner to disappear from the news for long.
There you have it, five players who have helped light up the Bundesliga as Germany have led the way in getting football back on track. If you fancy your changes to guess the Bundesliga results click here to place your bets: https://extra.betamerica.com/soccer/