Over the years, the Bundesliga has been home to some of the most feared strikers of all time. From the likes of Gerd Muller and Klaus Fischer back in the day, to Claudio Pizarro and Miroslav Klose in the 2000s to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski in the 2010s, the German top flight has boasted stars who are known all over the world for their prowess in front of goal.
The 2021-22 season is no different. The Bundesliga currently boasts a strong selection of forwards who are set to have prolific seasons for their respective clubs.
Top five favourites to win the Golden Boot for the upcoming Bundesliga season
#5 Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen)
Following his exploits at Euro 2020 for the Czech Republic, Patrik Schick will be ready to finally announce himself in the Bundesliga. The Bayer Leverkusen hitman showed he is more than capable of leading the line, finishing second in the Euro 2020 Golden Boot race as joint top scorer with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Czech hitman netted nine times in 20 starts in the league last season, and is ready to take his game to the next level in the 2021-22 campaign. Bayer Leverkusen have been in desperate need of a reliable goalscorer since the departure of both Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland. Schick seems like the player to take up that mantle.
Also, with Leon Bailey moving to Aston Villa this summer, Bayer Leverkusen will be relying on Schick more than ever to be the focal point of their attack. Expect the striker to reach the 20-goal mark in the upcoming campaign.
#4 Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)
Wout Weghorst usually goes under the radar, but the Dutchman has become one of the Bundesliga's most prolific strikers since joining Wolfsburg back in 2018. The forward has consistently improved in front of goal every season, reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time in the 2020-21 league campaign.
His exploits for Wolfsburg earned him a place in the Netherlands' Euro 2020 squad that reached the tournament's round of 16. He netted in a group stage game against Ukraine.
Weghorst is a classic centre-forward with excellent finishing ability. The Dutchman seems able to find the back of the net whenever Wolfsburg need it the most, helping the German outfit finish 4th in the Bundesliga last season.
Expect Weghorst to surpass 20-goals in the 2021-22 season again and be right in the mix for the Bundesliga's Golden Boot.
#3 Andre Silva (RB Leipzig)
Andre Silva had his breakthrough 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign and announced himself to the footballing world. The Portuguese hitman has always been considered a promising talent ever since his days as a youngster at Porto.
However, after failed spells at AC Milan and Sevilla, Silva looked like he was never going to realize his potential. But last season changed everything for the 25-year old and he is now going into the 2021-22 season as one of the most feared hitmen in the league.
Silva finished second in the race for the Golden Boot last season, scoring 28 goals in 32 league games for Eintracht Frankfurt. His exploits earned him a transfer to Bundesliga runner-up RB Leipzig.
With a better side around him, it is hard to imagine Andre Silva not being a part of the conversation for the Bundesliga Golden Boot in the 2021-22 campaign.
#2 Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Erling Haaland has been one of the world's best strikers since joining Borussia Dortmund back in 2020. The Norwegian has lit up the Bundesliga and has one of the best scoring records in world football.
Haaland scored 27 league goals last season, taking his tally to 60 goals in 60 games for Borussia Dortmund across all competitions. It's scary to think that the forward is still only just 21-years-old.
Haaland has all the attributes to become one of the greatest strikers of all time, and is on track to break multiple scoring records in his career. Haaland should be a strong favourite to win the Bundesliga Golden Boot in the 2021-22 season.
#1 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly the best striker of the last decade and one of the greatest strikers of all time.
The Polish hitman has been the scourge of Bundesliga defenses for the last decade, winning his fourth consecutive Golden Boot for Bayern Munich in the 2020-21 season. With six to his name, Lewandowski is on course to surpass Gerd Muller's seven Golden Boot wins.
Last season, Lewandowski broke Muller's Bundesliga goal record for a single season with 41 goals in 29 league appearances for Bayern Munich. The Pole has to be the clear-cut favourite to win the Golden Boot again in the 2021-22 campaign and one wouldn't put it past him to outdo his own scoring record from last season.
At 32, Lewandowski is reaching the twilight of his illustrious career and when it's all said and done, he is sure to go down as the greatest Bundesliga striker of all time.