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The Crème de la Crème Of The Bundesliga So Far This Season

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Once again the Bundesliga table is taking shape very interestingly this season. After six match days, we now move into the International break. There have been a lot of players who have shown their real steel this season, and we will take a look at top five Bundesliga players who have impressed the most so far this season.

  1. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Timo Werner was one of the bright spots for the dire Stuttgart team last season. Werner came to prominence in the 2013/14 season where he was involved in ten goals for a Stuttgart team which finished just one place above the relegation playoffs. Last season, Werner enjoyed a productive season for relegated Stuttgart, scoring seven goals and providing five assists which earned him a move to newcomers RB Leipzig for a fee of eight million euros. ‘

Even though there were big questions raised over the sum of the transfer fee compared with Werner’s credentials but the 20-year-old seem to have proved the doubters wrong by being an integral part of his new club and for coach Raph Hassenhuttl.

It’s just the sixth match day but Werner has already scored three goals and provided an assist for his new club this season. Not just the goals but Werner’s overall commitment to the team has been excellent. Mainly been deployed as the secondary striker behind Yusuf Poulsen, the former winger forms a pivotal role in Leipzig’s man oriented pressing, which has been such a success for Leipzig this season.

  1. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Raphael Guerreiro came from Ligue 1 team FC Lorient to Borussia Dortmund before the European Championships even began for 12 million euros. By judging his performances in the Euros, it turned out to be one of the bargains of the season as Guerreiro was voted one of three best young players in the tournament along with a place in the all-stars team of the competitions.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 27: Raphael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund in action during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid CF at Signal Iduna Park on September 27, 2016 in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Guerreiro romped as a left back for Portugal in the Euros. However, his intelligence and smartness on and off the ball made Thomas Tuchel believe that he can play in literally any position of the field. In his six games for the Black and Yellows this season, Guerreiro has played down a host of roles and successfully too, the European Champion already recorded three assists and two goals to his name in the Bundesliga. He scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 5:1 thumping of Wolfsburg.

Raphael Guerreiro has been undoubtedly Borussia Dortmund’s one of the best players this season and also promises a lot for the upcoming games as well!

  1. Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern)

The man of the moment for FC Bayern! Joshua Kimmich has been a complete revelation under new manager Carlo Ancelotti this season. Another player who can play in any position, Kimmich arrived from VfB Stuttgart to FC Bayern last season, where he made a mark in the final phases of the season. Eventually, Kimmich was selected for Germany’s Euro 2016 trip to France, where he was ultimately voted as the Right Back of the competitions.

This season, however, Kimmich is shining in a more advanced role alongside Thiago in central midfield. The 21-year-old has already played down 538 minutes of football this season, scoring five goals and providing an assist as well. Safe to say, Joshua Kimmich has a big part to play in Renato Sanches’ lack of opportunities in Bayern thus far.

And we can be fairly assured that, Kimmich is one of Germany’s brightest prospects right now!

  1. Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

A more tactical feature on the list, Benjamin Henrichs is seemingly proving to be one for the future, such has been his growth over the past few months. Henrichs was promoted to the first team at the beginning of last season but was a constant feature for the Under 19s. However, despite his importance to the youth team, Henrichs made a total of nine Bundesliga appearances last season.

As for the current campaign, such has been his development, that manager Roger Schmidt decided to put him in the starting lineup for five of the six games so far this campaign. Henrichs is a very versatile wingback, who fits well into Roger Schmidt’s system. Not afraid of going into tackles, the 19-year-old completed the most amount of tackles for Leverkusen this season with 33 (5.5 per game!). Henrichs has also proved to be quite good at cutting off passes from the lane, averaging 2 interceptions per game.

With Schmidt’s system firmly embedded in the first team, Henrichs should be able to impress and develop more into a tactical scheme which highlights his best traits.

  1. Andrej Kramaric (1899 TSG Hoffenheim)

Bought permanently from Leicester City this summer, Kramaric’s rise as a Bundesliga has been quick and conventional. The Croatian forward arrived at Hoffe on loan from Leicester in January this year, and quickly proved to be an essential part of the squad, helping TSG to survive relegation by scoring five goals and providing four assists

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 25: Andrej Kramaric of Hoffenheim celebrates the first goal for his team with Kerem Demirbay of Hoffenheim during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Schalke 04 at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on September 25, 2016 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Bongarts/Getty Images)

This season, Kramaric is a part of Hoffenheim’s dangerous strike force which includes the likes of Sandro Wagner, Mark Uth, Eduardo Vargas and LORD ADAM SZALAI!! Indeed! Hoffenheim are one of four undefeated clubs this season, with Kramaric being an integral part of the offence.

The Croat has scored two goals this season but his overall has been much more than that. He provided three assists in the epic 4:4 game against Mainz at home about a month ago and in the recent game against Ingolstadt, Kramaric was extremely unlucky, hitting the bar twice but he did manage a whoscored rating of 8.0 by providing an assist.

Andrej Kramaric has proved important for new coach Julian Nagelsmann and it looks as if the forward has a big role to play in the tenure of Bundesliga’s youngest coach ever!

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