At the halfway stage of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season it is not just the league table that has taken on a familiar look. The scorers chart also sees the usual suspects of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski battling it out to be named the league’s top striker.
However, unlike last year when Eintracht Frankfurt’s Fußballgott Alexander Meier, Wolfsburg’s Bast Dost and even Werder Bremen’s Franco Di Santo were competing at the top, this time around it is looking like only Javier Hernandez is going to provide a challenge to the prolific duo.
Here we rank the 10 best strikers in the league this season, based on stats provided by Kicker. (*Thomas Müller has been omitted as he’s not technically a striker as have other high scoring midfielders).
1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
The Gabon striker has already scored more goals in the Hinrunde than he did in the whole of last season! A red-hot scoring streak at the start of the season saw the BVB striker score in eight consecutive matches bagging ten goals in the process. He has failed to find the back of the net in only four of his seventeen appearances. He’s provided four assists for his team mates, but did show he’s human by missing a penalty against Frankfurt.
Minutes per goal: 82.3
Shot conversion rate: 27.3%
2) Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen)
Having scored goals with regularity at CD Guadalajara, Manchester United and Real Madrid, it should have come as no surprise that Chicharito has taken to the goal trail with such ease in the Bundesliga. Eleven goals in just fourteen games has seen the Mexican become an instant hit being named Player of the Month twice already. He scored just once in his first six games for the Werkself, but then went on the rampage with ten in the final eight games of the Hinrunde.
Minutes per goal: 93.9
Shot conversion rate: 28.9%
3) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
That Bayern’s frontman is only ranked third here may raise a few eyebrows, but the stats show that the Pole is not as prolific as his 15 goals show. Five of his haul came in his wonder display against Wolfsburg and the former Dortmund man needs a lot more shots (88 compared to Aubameyang’s 66) to get the ball in the back of the net. That said, he remains one of European football’s deadliest marksmen and with the chances Bayern will create in the Rückrunde, he looks well set to beat his Bundesliga seasons best of 24 goals.
Minutes per goal: 87.5
Shot conversion rate: 17%
4) Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin)
The Ivorian cut a rather forlorn figure at the Olympiastadion last season scoring just six goals and falling out with the club after complaining about being substituted. An improved relationship with new trainer Pal Dardai has seen the former Champions League winner help fire the Old Lady to third in the Hinrunde table with his nine goals. How long Hertha can remain challenging for a top three finish may have a lot to do with the continued scoring from Kalou.
Minutes per goal: 132.3
Shot conversion rate: 32.1%
5) Yoshinori Muto (Mainz 05)
Last season it was Shinji Okazaki who was the Japanese striker banging in the goals for Mainz, but following his sale to Leicester City, it is his compatriot Yoshinori Muto who has taken on the mantle at the Coface Arena. Seven goals and four assists have been a quality start following his move from FC Tokyo. The high point was the hat-trick he scored against Augsburg in October when a 93rd minute strike stole victory from the Fuggerstädter.
Minutes per goal: 189.6
Shot conversion rate: 21.2%
6) Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Last season’s winner of the Torschutzenkanone took no time at all to open his scoring account after returning from long-term injury scoring a hat-trick against Köln on match day four. He finished the year with two goals in the last two games against Werder Bremen and Dortmund to give Adler fans the optimism that their hero could be getting back to his goal scoring best.
Minutes per goal: 159.4
Shot conversion rate: 20.6%
7) Bas Dost (Wolfsburg)
While the Dutchman has not replicated the prolific levels of scoring he attained last season, he has remained die Wölfe’s main goal threat up front having scored seven times in the Hinrunde. He began the season well with four goals in the opening five games, but the goals have dried up somewhat in tandem with the general struggles of Dieter Hecking’s side. The absence of Kevin De Bruyne’s supply of assists has hurt as well. A much improved Rückrunde will be required if he is to match the sixteen goals he scored last season.
Minutes per goal: 143.7
Shot conversion rate: 20%
8) Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin)
While not in the same scoring form that saw him score eighteen goals in seventeen league appearances in the 2008/09 season, Vedad Ibisevic, on loan from Stuttgart, has scored six this season as Hertha have emerged as the season’s surprise package. All of his goals have come as braces (against Köln, Hamburg and Darmstadt) with the elusive hat-trick so far out of his reach.
Minutes per goal: 124.6
Shot conversion rate: 26.1%
9) Anthony Ujah (Werder Bremen)
Coming in to replace Werder favourite Franco Di Santo was always going to be a big ask for the Nigerian, but the Grün-Weißen look to have got a good deal considering the way the Argentine has struggled at Schalke. Seven goals in three separate spells for a struggling Werder has been a promising start, but he blotted his copybook somewhat by missing a penalty against former club Köln on match day sixteen.
Minutes per goal: 207
Shot conversion rate: 17.1%
10) Anthony Modeste (1FC Köln)
Signed from Hoffenheim to replace the departed Anthony Ujah, Modeste has done exactly that providing the goals that have seen the Billy Goats finish ninth at the halfway stage. He began the season on fire with six goals in the first eight games, but since then the goal trail has gone quiet with just one further strike in the last game of the year against Dortmund. Köln fans will be hoping a recharge of batteries over the winter break is just what the French striker needs before restarting the scoring.
Minutes per goal: 191.7
Shot conversion rate: 13.2%
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