TSL presents to you the XI players that shook the Bundesliga 2022/23 season.
Goalkeeper- Frederik Rønnow
The goalkeeper played a crucial role in Union Berlin’s fairy tale journey to their first-ever UEFA Champions League qualification. With an impressive save percentage of 78% and conceding less than a goal per game, Rønnow proved to be a reliable shot-stopper for his team.
Left Back- Raphaël Guerreiro
Borussia Dortmund’s attacking full-back had a stellar season, contributing with 12 assists and 16 goal involvements. His playmaking abilities were evident with 47 chances created from open play, making him one of the best in the Bundesliga. Guerreiro’s departure from Dortmund will be a loss for the team, as his offensive quality from the left-back position is unmatched.
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Centre Back – Matthias Ginter
The center-back had a standout season for SC Freiburg, playing every minute of every match and helping his team keep 13 clean sheets. Ginter’s defensive prowess was evident with a high duel success rate and a league-leading 151 clearances. He also made significant contributions in attack, scoring four goals, all from set-pieces.
Right Back- Jeremie Frimpong
Bayer Leverkusen’s right-back showcased his exceptional speed and ball-carrying abilities, leading the league in progressive carries and beating opponents with 88 take-ons. Frimpong’s offensive contribution improved significantly, with eight goals and seven assists, making him an integral part of Leverkusen’s attacking play.
Central Midfield- Joshua Kimmich
Despite Bayern Munich’s occasional slip-ups, Kimmich remained a standout performer in midfield. He had the most open-play shot-ending sequences, the most touches, and the most passes into the penalty area in the league. Kimmich’s defensive contribution was also notable, winning possession 262 times and initiating numerous shot-ending sequences.
Central Midfield – Jude Bellingham
The young English midfielder had a breakthrough season for Borussia Dortmund, excelling in both attacking and defensive aspects of the game. Bellingham’s involvement in open-play shot-ending sequences was among the highest in the league, and he showcased his passing skills with successful passes into the final third. He also contributed defensively, winning possession in the final third and making interceptions and tackles.
Left Midfielder- Jamal Musiala
The Bayern Munich star played a crucial role in denying Borussia Dortmund the title with his decisive late goal. Musiala’s 12 goals and 10 assists demonstrated his versatility and effectiveness in the attacking third. His dribbling and take-on abilities were exceptional, making him a potent threat in one-on-one situations.
Right Midfielder- Jonas Hofmann
Despite Borussia Mönchengladbach’s underwhelming season, Hofmann’s individual performance stood out. He scored 12 goals and provided nine assists, creating a league-high 99 chances. Hofmann’s contribution in creating opportunities for his teammates was instrumental, and his performance against Bayern Munich was particularly memorable.
Forward- Randal Kolo Muani
The forward made an immediate impact at Eintracht Frankfurt, tallying 26 goal involvements, the most in the Bundesliga. Kolo Muani’s ability to both score and assist was evident, making him one of only two players to achieve double figures in both categories. His signing proved to be a successful move for Frankfurt.
Forward- Niclas Füllkrug
Niclas Füllkrug had a remarkable season for Werder Bremen, finishing as the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 16 goals. His contributions were vital in Bremen’s successful campaign to avoid relegation. Füllkrug’s impressive performances earned him a call-up to the German national team for the World Cup, where he provided two goals and one assist. Despite being 30 years old, Füllkrug’s strong aerial ability and skills on the ground make him Germany’s leading option for the central striker position.
Forward- Christopher Nkunku
Christopher Nkunku had an impressive season for RB Leipzig, finishing as one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga. He became the first Frenchman to lead the scoring charts in Germany and showcased his excellent finishing ability. Nkunku’s contributions have played a significant role in establishing France as a successful nation in the Bundesliga.
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