The job of choosing a winner for the Fanatic Player and Goal of the Month awards is never an easy task, but the month of March in particular provided an extra headache due to the sheer number of deserving candidates. The quality of football on display was once again superb and a whole host of candidates were in serious contention for this month’s awards.
So just who has got the nod for our Player and Goal of the Month awards for March?
Player of the Month: Serge Gnabry
After Hoffenheim teammate Andrej Kramaric took the award in February, it is the turn of Serge Gnabry to bask in the glory as he bests some fierce competition to win the March award.
On loan from Bayern Munich, Gnabry has enjoyed a stellar month with a run of games that saw him both scoring great goals and providing the ammunition for others. Hoffenheim’s recovery from a slight dip to be competing once more for a European place can be attributed in large part to Gnabry.
The 22-year-old scored against both Augsburg and Wolfsburg as Julian Nagelsmann’s side notched important wins. It was his direct run that led to Hoffenheim’s penalty against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 3-3 draw on match day 27.
Match day 28 saw him put in another winning performance as TSG crushed Köln 6-0 at the Rhein-Neckar Stadion. The first of his two goals came after he beat three defenders with a mazy run before he once again created a goal for himself at the start of the second half.
Joachim Löw left him out of the Germany squad for the two recent friendlies against Spain and Brazil, but if Gnabry keeps up with the form he showed in March, he could still be an outside bet for a seat on the plane to Russia in June.
Honourable mentions are in plentiful supply with a whole raft of players enjoying a very productive and successful March.
Mario Gomez was instrumental in VfB Stuttgart’s rise away from the relegation zone and into the top third of the table, scoring twice against both Köln and Freiburg.
Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann enjoyed a great month, contributing massively to the Königsblauen sitting second in the table behind Bayern. He kept clean sheets in all four of their matches in March, and his penalty save against Wolfsburg was like a winning goal to Domenico Tedesco’s side. Teammate Daniel Caligiuri also deserves an honourable mention.
Bayern Munich continued their march to the title with Thomas Müller, Franck Ribéry, James, and Robert Lewandowski (scored two hat tricks) all impressing.
Werder Bremen keeper Jiri Pavlenka, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, and Hoffenheim defender Benjamin Hübner also deserve a nod for their displays last month.
Goal of the Month: Franck Ribéry
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry was a candidate for Player of the Month, but he can be consoled by winning our Goal of the Month award instead. Jupp Heynckes’ side scored 17 Bundesliga goals in, but the pick of them has to be Ribéry’s in the 6-0 demolition of Hamburg at the Allianz Arena on match day 26.
Picking the ball up wide on the left, the veteran Frenchman rolled back the years and produced a vintage Ribéry goal as he dribbled past four HSV defenders before firing past keeper Christian Mathenia.
Honourable mentions for Goal of the Month provided plenty of competition for Ribéry’s winner.
Corentin Tolisso scored a screamer against Freiburg that was flew like a rocket.
Julian Brandt’s sublime skill to deftly flick the ball over Koen Casteels as Leverkusen beat his former side Wolfsburg was also fantastic.
The direct free-kick that Köln’s Milos Jojic dispatched against VfB Stuttgart was ultimately in vain, but impressive nonetheless.
Salif Sané was the unlikely scorer of a great goal for Hannover against Augsburg.
Michy Batshuayi’s late strike to beat Bayer Leverkusen also deserves an honourable mention, while Daniel Caligiuri’s Maradona-esque dribble and goal for Schalke against Mainz was a close contender to beat Franck Ribéry to this month’s award.
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