But what is your team of the year? Mine’s coming along now, and I’m more than happy to hear any oppositions (there may be a few)! Cheers and take care!
GK Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)
Leverkusen hasn’t had the best of seasons. Mediocre, some might say. But according to many respected footballing personalities in Germany, their keepers season has been much the opposite.
At the tender age of 20, Leno has been consistently above average and was featured seven times in the team of the week (Goal.com).
RB Lukasz Pisczcek (Borussia Dortmund)
Some might be surprised by the Pole’s inclusion, but by no means is he here to make up the numbers. He’s had a great season in helping Dortmund to the league title. The 26 year has made himself a dead cert to make the Euros this summer with his attacking performances.
Many teams have tried to break down Pisczcek this season but to no avail, with the most recent example being fellow team of the year member, Frank Ribery.
LB Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Often referred to as one of the best full backs in world football, Lahm has had another impressive season in a tightly contested Bundesliga. Having played 30 games and racked up an average rating of 7.33 (Who Scored), I doubt many can argue that he is deserving of the left back spot.
CB Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
Attacking players such as Shinji Kagawa and Mari Gotze may have caught the headlines as Dortmund stormed to a consecutive league title win, but quietly bustling away in the heart of their defence is none other than Mats Hummels.
An outstanding season has seen him linked with current English champions Manchester United, and when a player is blessed with slick passing, a calm head and feisty tackle, you can see why.
CB Dante (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Again linked with Manchester United, the Brazilian Dante has surprised many with a brilliant season at Mönchengladbach. He has been at the heart of his team’s surge for the Champions League spots and has earned plaudits from Germany and afar.
Again blessed with a solid pass and an impressive 2.0 tackles per game, Dante is a solid candidate for the team of the year.
LW Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
‘Rolls Reus’ has been phenomenal this season. The left footed winger is fast, technically gifted and boasts a great eye for goal. He’s a player that has kept viewers on the edge of their seat every game this season. Not only is he a great attacker, he can do the midfield basics too.
All of the above has caused him to be a real standout performer in the team of the year, forcing a summer move to Dortmund.
CM Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich)
This was a tough one to call. It was between Kroos and Dortmund’s İlkay Gündoğan. However, Kroos just pipped it. The 22 year old has had a very strong season with four goals and eight assists. However what is more impressive is his seemingly effortless ability to pass the ball. He’s able to cross, to give through balls, to pass on the floor and to pass in the air.
Along with this, he holds the attributes of a top central midfielder, he is strong under pressure and has a mean tackle. This has all been shown amazingly well throughout the season.
CAM Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund)
Kagawa has been incredible this season. Much of last season’s efforts were ignored due to the fine performances of Mario Gotze and Nuri Sahin, but with the latter plying his trade elsewhere and the former injured, his qualities have really shined through.
He has been a real driving force in Dortmund’s title challenge, attacking wise and, something we don’t see from your average attacking midfielder, defensively as well. Now, Dortmund faces the small task of tying him down to another contract.
RW Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Ribery really seems to have got his mojo back this season. Enjoying an amazing run of form, which has seen him pick up six man of the match awards this season, Ribery has bagged himself 12 goals and 11 assists.
It seems to be perfect timing, with the Euros lurking around the corner…
FW Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)
Outside of Germany, it seems that Gomez is massively under-rated. Despite not being the fastest or most mobile, Gomez makes up for it with a real eye for goal. He is the personification of a poacher. He has really shown that this season and despite not being able to win the title for Bayern, he has scored a very impressive 25 goals.
He is the kind of attacker that defenders hate. He will not give a defender a chance to clear a ball, will not let them have a free header and certainly will not let them block him out of the game.
FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04)
When the words Dutch and striker come up in the same sentence, many would refer to Robin van Persie. There is no denying he has had a great season, but it is his national counterpart, Huntelaar, that seems to go under the radar. He boasts an equally impressive season, bagging a huge 25 goals.
He’s not short of confidence, by any means, and believes that he has had a better season than Arsenal’s captain and therefore deserves to be picked over him in this season’s Euros. If statistics are anything to go by, he may well be right….
Written by Craig Player
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