With the Bundesliga now at an end for another season, givemesport.com looks back on the year that was to bring you the top five midfielders from Germany’s top flight including some familiar faces and some surprise inclusions.
Rankings are based on the squawka.com player rankings and players must have made a minimum of 20 appearances to qualify for consideration.
5. Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich
Age: 21 Apps: 27 Goals: 10
Wonderkid Gotze enjoyed a successful first year at the Allianz Arena following his switch from Borussia Dortmund and, despite frustration at his lack of playing time, completed 27 of Bayern’s games on route to the Bundesliga finding the net ten times. All ten strikes came from inside the opposition penalty area and Gotze led the way when it came to shooting accuracy with 74% of his efforts on goal hitting the target.
4. Toni Kroos – Bayern Munich
Age: 24 Apps: 29 Goals: 2
Well known for his ability to shoot from range with either foot 73% of Bayern midfielder Kross’ efforts on goal came from outside the box although his only two strikes both came from inside the area. German international Kroos completed the most passes of any Bundesliga midfielder with 2134, at an average of 73.59 per game, also recording the highest overall passing accuracy of 92% whilst racking up four assist over the season for Die Bayern.
3. Franck Ribery – Bayern Munich
Age: 31 Apps: 22 Goals: 10
Frenchman Ribery makes the grade despite only featuring in 22 league games for Bayern, although the pacey winger did manage to find the net ten times in his brief appearances as well as contributing ten assists. Ribery was nominated for Ballon D’or last year, largely thanks to his impressive work rate, a trait he showed again with an average of 0.82 defensive actions (Interceptions, blocked shots, clearances) per game.
2. Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich
Age: 30 Apps: 28 Goals: 11
Dutch flyer Robben turned in another impressive season for Bayern helping his teams cause with 11 goals and six assists to help Guardiola’s team storm to the Bundesliga title in record time. As would be expected, the vast majority of Robben’s goals (9) came from his stronger left foot and the 30-year-old worked the opposition ‘keeper with 61% of his efforts on goal.
1. Marco Reus - Borussia Dortmund
Age: 24 Apps: 30 Goals: 16
Breaking the Bayern monopoly in the place that matters most is Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a prolific campaign under Jürgen Klopp and leading the midfield scoring charts with 16 for the season. The German international was also the most defensively effective of our list with an average of 0.93 defensive actions (Interceptions, blocked shots, clearances) completed per game making him the all round leader and stand out performer for 2013/14.
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