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 forwards 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. Son Heung-Min – Bayer Leverkusen
Age: 21 Apps: 31 Goals: 10
South Korean Heung-Min is the lowest scorer of our top five with ten strikes in his 31 appearances in his first season at the Bay Arena. The 21-year-old also created a total of 34 chances for his new teammates, four of which directly led to a goal being scored.
4. Adrian Ramos – Hertha BSC
Age: 28 Apps: 32 Goals: 16
Ramos possessed the greatest aerial threat of our list with five of his 16 goals coming from his head whilst all 16 strikes came from inside the 18-yard box. The Colombian isn’t shy of a bit of defensive work though averaging 1.59 defensive actions (interception, blocked shot, clearance) per game.
3. Raffael – Borussia Monchengladbach
Age: 29 Apps: 34 Goals: 15
The senior man in the list proved almost as adept at creating chances as scoring them, weighing in with seven assists last season and recording the highest passing accuracy of the top five with 80% of his passes finding their intended targets. The Brazilian conversely recorded the fewest shots on goal of the top five with 74 and the lowest shot accuracy with just 52% of his efforts troubling the opposition goalkeeper.
2. Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund
Age: 25 Apps: 33 Goals: 20
No surprise to see Lewandowski in this list but maybe some surprise not to see him occupying top spot. Top score in the Bundesliga with 20 strikes unsurprisingly tops the charts for shot accuracy with 67% of his efforts finding the target. 16 of Lewandowski’s 20 goals came from his right foot and just one came from the head of the six foot Pole.
1. Max Kruse - Borussia Monchengladbach
Age: 26 Apps: 34 Goals: 12
Kruse can consider himself unlucky to have been overlooked by Joachim Low for Germany’s World Cup squad on the back of such a strong campaign for Monchengladbach. The 26-year-old played a direct part in 21 goals, adding nine assists to his 12 goals and averaging 2.59 key passes per game for Lucien Favre’s team making him the number one forward in the Bundesliga.
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