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Ranking the Nominees of the Bundesliga Player of the Season Award

The nominees are in for the Bundesliga’s Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign. Let’s take a look at the best of the bunch.

7. Amine Harit

The Schalke midfielder has made 25 Bundesliga appearances this campaign, out of which he started 24 times. He has 6 goals and 4 assists in the season, but his last goal-involvement came in December, when his side beat Frankfurt 1-0.

Coincidentally, that was Schalke’s last win of the campaign, as they have fallen mightily thereafter. He, or rather the lack of him due to injury, might be an attribute to that, as he has only featured once since the restart.

He is Schalke’s top-scorer in this season of the Bundesliga. In fact, he is so crucial to the Royal Blues that they have never lost a game this season when he has been on the score-sheet. Unfortunately for him, both he and his side have shown great glimpses of quality, but have been unable to sustain that.

Lest we forget, he is only 22 years of age, so there is a lot more to come from the Moroccan international. He has started thriving under David Wagner, and if he can keep is job, there is certainly good cause for excitement for both parties.

Amine Harit reacts after scoring during the Bundesliga football match between FC Augsburg and FC Schalke 04 on November 3, 2019 in Augsburg, southern Germany. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

6. Kai Havertz

The youngster has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season, breaking a host of records in the process, like one for becoming the youngest player to score 35 goals in the German top-flight.

He has been a key fixture in the Leverkusen side, as he has started 28 times for them in the Bundesliga. He boasts a return of 12 goals and 6 assists from those appearances. Particularly after the turn of the year, he has been in fine form as he has been involved in 15 goals. In fact, he has even captained his side a few times in the absence of Lars Bender.

He has attracted a lot of attention thanks to his style of play – he seems to be somewhere between a striker and midfielder. He has looked good in both roles, but particularly up front, from where he drops deep and drifts wide to help his side in the build-ups.

His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed either – he has attracted attention from the likes of Bayern, Manchester UnitedLiverpool, and Arsenal and Chelsea. Wherever he goes, the 21 year-old will certainly be a great star of the future.

Kai Havertz celebrates his team’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Fortuna Duesseldorf at BayArena on January 26, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

5. Serge Gnabry

The ex-Arsenal man was named Bayern’s Player of the Season last time around, and has carried his fine form into this season to help them secure a record-breaking eighth-consecutive title.

He has made 30 appearances in the Bundesliga this time around, and has 12 goals and 10 assists to go with that. The most outstanding attribute to his game-play is his consistency – the 24 year-old has not gone for more than 3 Bundesliga matches in a row without getting his name on the score-sheet.

In a Bayern squad loaded with talented wingers, he has cemented a place in the starting lineup ahead of the likes of Perišić, Coman, Müller and Davies (who was forced to convert to a left-back). His versatility is a major factor in that, as he can play on either wing, as a striker and a number 10.

Oh, and let’s not forget how he’s been loyal to his old club, Arsenal in the midst of all this. Whenever he got a break from the Bundesliga, he made frequent trips to London, and proceeded to make it red – getting 6 goals and an assist in 2 matches in the process.

Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

4. Timo Werner

From one young German goal-getter to another. Werner has lived up to his immense potential this season, as he spearheaded a young Leipzig side’s first-ever title charge.

The 24 year-old has 32 outings in this season’s Bundesliga, which he has used to amass a tally of 26 goals and 8 assists, even giving Robert Lewandowski a run for his money. He averages 1.1 goals or assists per game. In the process, he has bagged a treble of hat-tricks, and even a hat-trick of assists.

He has cemented a place in Bundesliga history as well by becoming the youngest player to make 200 appearances. His pace and finishing make him extremely lethal in counter-attacking situations. His positioning is great as well – as he often finds himself at the end of crosses to tap the ball in. He’s got 20 of his Bundesliga goals that way.

Naturally, these performances have attracted attention from all over the world. After a race for his signature which involved the likes of Bayern and Liverpool, Chelsea have snapped up his services for the near-future. We can’t wait to see him light-up the Premier League.

Timo Werner celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg at Red Bull Arena on October 19, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

3. Jadon Sancho

Ah, Jadon Sancho! One of the most graceful players to step on a football pitch. The young Englishman made a big gamble when he switched the Blue of Manchester for the Yellow of Dortmund, but that has certainly paid of this campaign.

This season alone, he has 17 goals and 16 assists in 30 Bundesliga outings – making him the first player ever in the Bundesliga to get more than 15 goals and 15 assists in a single campaign since they started keeping records in 2004. Like Werner, he averages 1.1 goals or assists per appearance.

He is the definition of class, as everything he touches seems to turn into gold. The 20 year-old has a bag full of tricks up his sleeve, and knows exactly when to deploy them. He is very fluid in terms of position too, as he has proven that he can play anywhere in attack, bar the central striker’s role.

He has attracted interest from all over Europe, but seems to be committed to BVB right now. Either way, he is certainly on his way to becoming one of the greatest footballers ever.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 21: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park on December 21, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

2. Erling Braut Håland

Yet another player who is on the books at Dortmund, the Norwegian has taken the world by storm since bursting onto the scene with a flying start to life in the Bundesliga after a winter move from RB Salzburg

To put just how good he is into perspective – he won the Bundesliga Player of the Month for January after appearing for a mere 59 minutes. In that period, he scored 5 times. He hasn’t looked back ever since, as he has 11 goals and 2 assist in 13 Bundesliga appearances, averaging a goal-involvement in every 68 minutes.

He is the definition of a clinical forward, and he also manages to put himself into great positions. He is a great super-sub too, as he has scored 7 times after coming off the bench, including a hat-trick on debut.

Let’s take a moment to remember the fact that he is only 19 years old. Considering his clinical finishing and Dortmund’s machine-like supply-line, he could give Lewandowski a serious run for his money next season.

Erling Håland celebrates after he scores his sides 5th goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln at the Signal Iduna Park on January 24, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

1. Robert Lewandowski

The Polish forward is certainly one of the most underrated players in history, but he seems to quietly keep getting better every year, and this year has been no exception, as he has led his side to a record eighth-consecutive Meisterschale.

The 31 year-old has an insane tally of 31 goals and 3 assist in 29 Bundesliga appearances – he averages more than a goal a game! The madlad has been scoring for fun this year, and has only been kept quiet 4 times in this entire Bundesliga campaign. Even after that, he has only been Player of the Month once. An absolute disgrace!

I don’t think I need to do too much to describe his playing style. Basically, it’s: Get the ball, Shoot the ball, Score a goal. He makes everything look so effortless that he makes me believe that my grandmother could score 30 goals every season in the Bundesliga. I can assure you, it’s not that simple, but he does it.

His illustrious career doesn’t seem to have any plans of slowing down soon, so expect more record-breaking displays from the best striker in the world right now. Until then, get this man a Ballon d’Or. And every other award he is eligible for.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena on October 26, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Who do you think is the best player out of this exceptionally talented lot? Have your say here.

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