Who will be the Bundesliga Player of the Month for September 2021?
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland won the top Player of the Month award for the 2021/22 season.
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Once again this season, the Bundesliga will officially reward outstanding individual performances with the player of the month award. The award, created by DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga in 2018/19 in cooperation with official Bundesliga licensing partner EA Sports, is decided through a two-step selection process that takes into account both performance data individual players and a vote of fans and experts.
Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
We can no longer call Wirtz a rising star. The teenager from Bayer Leverkusen is already shining brightly and leading his charge after a stellar month of September. The 18-year-old has scored one goal in his side’s three Bundesliga appearances over the past month, breaking records as the youngest player to score eight, nine and then 10 goals in the Bundesliga. A former Cologne youth product, he overtook Billy Goats fan favorite Lukas Podolski, earning the honor of greenest player to reach doubles.
It’s no surprise that even seasoned teammates praise their Wunderkind. “Florian is a great player,” said Werkself captain and goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, also underlining the young midfielder’s commitment: “He does a remarkable job and works hard on himself. Wirtz doesn’t just score goals, he creates them too. In addition to the three he got in September, the recently selected Germany international has also created two more, putting him tied with Erling Haaland for most Bundesliga goal contributions last month. Wirtz has been directly involved in five of Leverkusen’s seven goals in the last three games, and he is also the league’s best supplier this season with five goals. His star has indeed risen.
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
You would suspect that Kimmich rarely settles for anything other than perfection on a football pitch, but the Bayern midfielder can certainly look at September in a positive light. That’s because the 26-year-old has done something very few people have achieved in recent years: he was Bayern’s top scorer in the Bundesliga last month, scoring three times in three games to leave Robert Lewandowski in. its wake. Two of those goals came in a scintillating performance on Matchday 5 as the champions beat Bochum 7-0 – Kimmich’s first Bundesliga brace in his 178th game.
The drive from the Munich midfielder also helped Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to wrap up the 4-1 win over RB Leipzig on Matchday 4. That gave him a total of four goal contributions in September, which was the most for his club with Leroy Sane. . However, it is not only in attack that the German international has shown that he is more crucial than ever. He has become a leader in the middle of the park and will continue to pull the strings for a long time, having just signed a new contract until 2025. “I am 26 years old and I think I still have my best footballing years to come. . We can all take one more step here, ”Kimmich said, after extending his deal. It sounded like a message to teammates and opponents. And anyone who saw his performances in September will know he really meant it. He is still far from being satisfied.
Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
Nkunku will have felt that the dam finally broke after Leipzig’s 6-0 loss to Hertha Berlin on Matchday 6. After starting the season with a decent performance, the Frenchman was finally able to reap the rewards against the Berliners with two goals and an assist. – he also won a penalty. The 23-year-old and his entire squad put on a majestic attacking display as they took the frustration out of a tough start to the campaign. Nkunku got things going with a skillful chip on Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow before shooting a sensational free-kick for his first Bundesliga brace, in his 66th top-level game. Still, he wasn’t at all shocked by his current form: “It doesn’t surprise me that things are going so well for me in front of goal right now, because it’s hard work. I finally do a lot for it.
Hard work in training but also hard work in the field. Nkunku had the most shots of any Leipzig player in September (10) – only two men in the entire Bundesliga had more. And he came close to another goal in the 1-1 draw in Cologne, when his thunderous effort from a distance crashed into the post. This is also one of the reasons why there are no major worries at Red Bull Arena. The Frenchman leads an array of talented players in Leipzig – it was just the results that weren’t quite good. “I have always believed in the team and have remained optimistic,” said coach Jesse Marsch after his team hit Hertha for six. “But it’s also easy to stay optimistic when you have so much quality in a team,” he added. “Things didn’t go well at the start of the season, but we just kept working. And if this work produces the kind of performances we’ve seen from Nkunku, then the coach and the fans can be happy.
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Sometimes you get those magical moments in football where time seems to stand still. One of them came in the 83rd minute of Dortmund’s clash with Union Berlin on Matchday 5, almost in slow motion: a long ball over it for Haaland to continue, beating a defender, then throwing the ball over goalkeeper Andreas Luthe in the net. A bit of Norwegian magic, but not the only time the BVB striker has recently proven his class. Haaland scored a total of four Bundesliga times in September – the top scorer of the month – and also created another. This gave him a five-goal contribution at the top of the division alongside Wirtz. And it all came from just two appearances, as he missed the Matchday 6 clash at Borussia Mönchengladbach with an injury.
The high-flying September in Haaland is no accident either. The 21-year-old has worked extremely hard on his strengths and weaknesses. He saw him improve his header and score in the air against Bayer Leverkusen and Union. “If he now has that quality too, wow!” Have fun everyone coming, ”said an impressed BVB coach Marco Rose. Haaland’s importance to Borussia was also felt when he was absent against Gladbach, with Blacks and Yellows lacking in penetration in their 1-0 loss. There was no one up front for these magical moments. Or as Rose said: “It’s desire, quality and commitment. Haaland: the complete package, now with headers included.
Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)
September was the month we finally saw the best of Sane in a Bayern shirt, silencing any skeptics. The 25-year-old has started three straight Bundesliga games for the champions for the first time since March and returned the faith of coach Julian Nagelsmann with strong performances. He has scored twice and created two more to give him the most goals at the club with Joshua Kimmich. The Germany international has scored at least one goal in his club’s three Bundesliga appearances in September. It’s a feat that only his team-mate Kimmich, Wirtz from Leverkusen and Filip Kostic from Eintracht Frankfurt can also boast. It’s a marked improvement for the winger which is also reflected in the numbers.
After a difficult start to life in Munich, he is now celebrated as a hero. “I feel great. I’m glad the last few games went well,” said Sane, seemingly relieved, of his impressive performances, which saw Bayern fans start to show their appreciation. always had a supporter especially in the Allianz Arena canoe. “I have often pointed out that he is exceptionally good and that we will have a lot of joy with him – and he has shown that in recent weeks,” said new Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann, who is now deployed much further to the left wing. It took a slight change of position to get Sane back on track, and now we see once again why they wanted to bring him to Munich since Manchester.
Christian Günter (Friborg)
The month of September in Freiburg was dominated by a sense of nostalgia and impending change. “I’ve been playing here for 14 years and of course I will miss the stadium,” said Günter ahead of Freiburg’s last game at Dreisamstadion, their home for 67 years. And the club captain bade his teammates farewell as the Black Forest club beat Augsburg 3-0. Even though the emotions were running high, there was no sign of sentimentality on the pitch. Günter led forward in his 300th competitive appearance for Freiburg, continuing his solid form on the left wing throughout the month.
The 28-year-old was a key factor in Freiburg’s longest unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season, making him the only side alongside leaders Bayern to lose in the league yet this term. The left-back also played his part in his club’s new record, conceding just four times in the first six matchdays – in fact, having only scored one goal in the whole of September – but Günter also had an impact in the future. Although he didn’t get any goals or assists, the nine shots he created were the second most in the entire league over the past month. And he played a major role in Augsburg’s opening goal, with his push too hot for Rafal Gikiewicz to handle before Lukas Kübler fought off the rebound. It was the start of a big party at the Dreisamstadion, but that’s not the end of the story. “We are now going to the new stadium to continue making history,” said Günter ahead of a new chapter at this legendary club.
August 2021 – Erling Haaland