Five Bundesliga stars that defenders can't afford to lose sight of - Bayern Munich duo feature

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One of the most electrifying starts to a Bundesliga season has had social media in paralysis over the past few weeks.

First, Robert Lewandowski's incredible five-goal haul against Wolfsburg which saw the Polish forward hit the back of the net five times inside nine minutes brought the footballing world to a standstill, before Darmstadt's unexpected point at Signal Iduna Park raised many eyebrows.

However, in the opening seven fixtures there have been plenty of individuals to enjoy watching, and here are five players that defenders in the Bundesliga can't afford to take their eyes off on the field.


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Kevin Kampl (Bayer Leverkusen)

Kampl should be closely monitored by defenders from all teams, whether that ranks all the way up to Bayern Munich, or down to the dumps with Hannover.

The 24-year-old's goalscoring threat is one unlikely to worry opposition defenses, but full-backs should be - and need to be - fully aware of Kampl's presence.

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Many left-backs have endured nightmarish encounters with the Slovenian on the back-foot and they certainly do not like being ran at by the right-winger, justified by his fancy footwork and blistering pace.

The likes of Stefan Kießling and Admir Mehmedi love to latch onto the delightful deliveries produced by the wide man, whilst defenders loathe the sight of a floating ball soaring over their heads.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

Keeping an eye on Aubameyang can only be done when defenders can actually sustain a clear vision of the Gabonese speedster - something each and every defender has struggled to do this season.

The 26-year-old is the second top goalscorer in the Bundesliga this season - seven games played, nine goals scored - and has hit new heights this season under the tutelage of Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel.

However, if there was ever a game for the striker to prove his true worth it's against Bayern Munich, whom Dortmund face next week, spearheaded by the current top goalscorer in the Bundesliga - the aforementioned Lewandowski.

Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

Any keen Bundesliga fan will tell you how impressive the 19-year-old Coman has been in his first three appearances for the Bavarian club, following his summer loan move from Juventus.

Check the statistics; watch the videos on social media; do whatever you must to discover this kid's talent. He's raw; ridiculous; reckless, causing car crashes for anyone that stands in his way.

For a youngster in his late teens, two Bundesliga goals in just three games is deserving of the utmost praise. Watch this space.

Leroy Sane (Schalke 04)

Sane first burst onto the scene last season during Schalke's away Champions League fixture against Real Madrid when he almost rescued the German club's European campaign.

Despite his desperate efforts, Schalke were eliminated, but Sane didn't let their exit dampen his spirit.

In fact, the 19-year-old has used that performance as a stepping stone in the direction of success. After scoring three goals in as many games consecutively for the Miners, he's certainly keeping the ears pricked of some of the league's bigger teams ahead of the upcoming transfer window in January.

Similar to Romelu Lukaku, not so much in size, but in talent, Sane could quite easily make it in the Premier League in years to come if his form continue in Germany.

Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich)

Let's take a moment to praise Pep Guardiola and his scouting staff for their superb work over the summer in bringing not only the aforementioned Coman, but also Costa to the Allianz Arena - more so the latter, who may have only scored once since joining the current champions, but has provided an abundance of assists.

The 25-year-old possesses unbearable amounts of pace that even the quickest of full-backs would struggle to deal with alongside a venomous cross into the box which, more often than not, is pounced upon by Lewandowski or Thomas Muller to provide a killer blow to Bayern's opponents.

Lethal and hungry, Costa is the complete opposite of a caged animal, and until a Bundesliga defence finds a way to stop him in his tracks, it's difficult to see how Bayern's rampant attack will be stopped anytime soon.

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