Five Bundesliga matchdays in September have given us plenty of top performances and moments to savour with Germany’s finest showing just why it is one of Europe’s most attractive leagues. The Fanatic monthly awards are back, so just who has won the Player and Goal of the Month awards for September?
Player of the Month: Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin)
Despite there being a raft of top performers in September, it is Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda who has been the stand-out player this month in the Bundesliga. There were plenty of Hertha fans this summer wondering why the club didn’t go out and purchase a number 10 in the transfer window, but the displays thus far from the Slovak midfielder have shown just why Michael Preetz and Pal Dardai kept their cheque book closed.
It is fair to say that Duda has struggled to impress since his move from Legia Warsaw back in 2016 with injuries and inconsistent form severely hampering his progress at the Olympiastadion. This season however has seen him looking ready to fulfil his huge potential.
Five goals in six matches sees him top the scoring charts as Hertha have surpassed most people’s early season expectations. The 23-year-old scored a brace against Schalke including a fantastic free-kick on matchday 2 as well as completely man-marking Sebastian Rudy out of the game. His Man of the Match display combined both defensive and attacking prowess to contribute to a top win.
An audacious free-kick against Wolfsburg followed as well as another in Hertha’s 4-2 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. A tremendous month was capped with another fine performance and goal against Bayern Munich as the Alte Dame inflicted a first defeat of the season on the reigning champions.
Honourable mentions for Player of the Month award go to Borussia Mönchengladbach summer signing Alassane Plea, who has made a fantastic start to his Bundesliga career with four goals in his five September appearances as well as to Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus with his three goals and three assists.
Bundesliga newcomers Javairo Dilrosun of Hertha and Jerome Rousillion of Wolfsburg have also impressed.
Goal of the Month: Jacob Bruun Larsen (Borussia Dortmund v Nürnberg MD5)
With BVB hitting seven goals against poor Nürnberg, there were certainly plenty of goals to choose from Dortmund alone, but Jacob Bruun Larsen has also beaten off the competition from all the other great goals witnessed in September to take the award.
The Dane’s goal was actually the first Dortmund scored in their 7-0 hammering of the newly promoted side and was a thing of beauty. Christian Pulisic made an incisive run deep into the opposition half before clipping a marvellous pass into the run of Bruun Larsen.
He was onto it in a flash and despite the tight angle, was able to produce a fantastic finish over the out-rushing Fabian Bredlow and into the net. Exquisite!
Honourable mentions for the Goal of the Month award go to Werder’s Maxi Eggestein for both his strikes against Augsburg and Nürnberg as well as to Alassane Plea (v Frankfurt) and Breel Embolo (v Mönchengladbach). Arjen Robben also deserves a nod for both his goals against Leverkusen and Augsburg. A tip of the hat also goes to Mitchell Weiser for his screamer against Dortmund.
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