3 players to watch in Bundesliga
The Bundesliga has not been particularly interesting in the last couple of seasons. The German league has been dominated by Bayern Munich for the last nine years. Bavarian club will be looking to extend that, but they might have some serious competition. Both RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are serious about their intentions to stop the Munich domination. In this post, though, we’re looking at Bundesliga players to watch.
It will be tougher for Leipzig, as they did lose three important players, but they will still be up there. Borussia kept hold of both Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland and is coming into the season feeling mighty strong. Bayern is, of course, as strong as ever, although this is one of the last seasons where their old core can still play together. While it was not that thrilling in the past, this season might be better than everyone expects. So, here are three players you can watch closely this year in the Bundesliga.
Bundesliga Players To Watch
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
…or Robert LewanGOALski, as his teammate Thomas Muller once jokingly called him. The Polish poacher is a goal-scoring machine and he has been proving that for years now. After his first season in the Bundesliga, where he scored eight, his worst tally was his first season with Bayern – even then, he scored 17! After that, however, he won five Golden Boots in the German league in a row. Most impressive is probably last season when he scored 41 and broke Gerd Mullers’ record for goals in a single Bundesliga season.
However, it is not truly all about scoring goals for Lewa. He draws a ton of pressure, as everyone knows who he is and what he brings, which opens a ton of space for his teammates. It is also his positioning before being in goal-scoring opportunities and his intelligence to be in the right place on time. That is why the former Dortmund star player dominates Bundesliga and will continue to dominate it.
No one can beat Father Time, though, and Lewandowski is going up there in age. He had his 33rd birthday about a month back and while he is not showing signs of slowing down, it can change. Not everyone is a machine like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lewandowski might be exiting his prime soon. That should not stop anyone, however, from enjoying the show while he is there.
Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
Speaking about enjoying the show, Dortmund fans need to enjoy the Haaland show and drink it in, as much as possible. It is clear to everyone involved that the minute his release clause falls to the reported $91 million in June of next year, Haaland will be gone from Dortmund and most likely Bundesliga. He will have a plethora of options, from Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, or even PSG.
However, speaking about this season and the German league, Haaland will wear yellow and black for Borussia. It is so hard to state something about the Norwegian that was not stated before. His pace, finishing ability, and composure are just incredible for a 21-year-old. He already has an uncanny 45 league goals in 47 caps for Dortmund in the league. When other competitions are added, he has a whopping 66 goals in just 66 games for the former German champion.
Altogether, in his six years of professional football, Haaland scored 135 goals in 177 games, which is completely magnificent. Even Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, two of the greatest goalscorers in the history of this game, needed some time to settle in. However, Haaland just scores for fun and if he does that again for Dortmund this year, there is every chance that the domination of the Bavarians will be stopped.
Dani Olmo, RB Leipzig
It seems like RB Leipzig loves to buy in Zagreb. Before summer addition Josko Gvardiol, who is poised to become a star defender in the Bundesliga, Leipzig bought Spaniard Dani Olmo. Olmo was a stalwart for Dinamo Zagreb for six years before moving to Leipzig in the dying days of the January transfer window in 2020.
It is completely true that Olmo has not shown his best play in Leipzig, the one everyone knows he is capable of. His three and five goals in the first two seasons, respectively, do not show what he can do, bombarding down those wings. However, other than what he can do when given space, Olmo is amazing also in limited space. He is an amazing dribbler who will keep the ball at his feet under immense pressure.
Now that Sabitzer is gone to Bayern Munich, Leipzig will need someone to break the lines – and it is Olmo. Additionally, his football ability and potential is shown best by the immense interest shown by Barcelona for the Spaniard. Spanish Marca reported that a deal was close to being finished on August 31st, but that Leipzig decided against it at the last moment. However, even interest from such a huge club is a testament to how valued this young footballer should be.
Nonetheless, do you agree with our Bundesliga Players To Watch of Dani Olmo, Erling Haaland, and Robert Lewandowski?