The clocks may have changed with autumn marching on towards winter, but the Bundesliga continues to deliver great football with top players showing their talent week in, week out. Three match days in October brought goals, drama, scintillating displays and numerous contenders for our monthly awards.
So just who has come out victorious in the Bundesliga Fanatic Player and Goal of the Month awards?
Player of the Month: Jadon Sancho
It is hard to believe at times, but Jadon Sancho is just 18-years-old. Eighteen! However, his displays throughout the month of October have shown both a growing maturity, but also a growing level of assurance and skill leading to his winning of our monthly award for Bundesliga Player of the Month.
Anybody witness to his displays will have been left nothing short of mesmerised as the young attacker has become a central cog in the Dortmund attack that scored ten goals in their three matches. Sancho has gone from an impact substitute to a regular starter and with his performances, Lucien Favre will be struggling to find a reason to rotate him out such has been his impact.
Against Augsburg on matchday 7, the Englishman made his first start of the season and provided the assist for Paco Alcacer’s first goal (of three). The following game saw him opening the scoring for Dortmund against Stuttgart after just three minutes. Then he was the ‘Man of the Match’ for BVB as they were held 2-2 by Hertha last time out with a brace of goals taking his season total to four. He first converted astutely from a tight angle when fed by Mario Götze and then tapped home after a superb dummy from Marco Reus.
“Everyone works hard for each other,” Sancho told bundesliga.com after the final whistle. “That’s the main thing with this team and if we keep doing this then we have a good chance of winning the league. We just have to keep on working hard for each other and see what happens.”
Sancho’s star is clearly rising, but it has by no means reached anywhere near its peak.
Honourable mentions for this month’s award are numerous such has been the quality on display across the Bundesliga in October. Sancho’s BVB teammate Achraf Hakimi has also belied his young years to become an instant star in the German top flight. Matthias Ginter continues to have a fine time at Mönchengladbach, while the goals have been flying in for Luka Jovic over at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Karim Bellarabi has rediscovered some of his top form as Bayer Leverkusen have recalled him, and in the goalkeeping department, Hertha’s Rune Jarstein has been one of the league’s stand-out shot-stoppers.
Goal of the Month: Luka Jovic (MD 8 v Fortuna Düsseldorf)
It was very nearly a Dortmund clean sweep on the awards this month, but the ‘Goal of the Month’ actually goes to Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic for the first of his five goals against Fortuna Düsseldorf on matchday 8.
It was quite the evening for the Serb as he became the youngest player to ever score five in a match and took his goals ratio to one every 82 minutes- better than both legendary Gerd Müller and current star Robert Lewandowski.
The best of his five was surely his first, which saw him twist acrobatically in mid-air before volleying home Filip Kostic’s left-wing cross with superb technique.
“It was a sensational goal,” Jovic explained after. “I got the shot away, and it was only when I hit the ground that I saw the ball had gone it. It was just perfect. Our aim was to get Düsseldorf to open up early, and we definitely succeeded.”
Watch the first and then enjoy the other four……
As with the Player of the Month award, there was no shortage of candidates for the Goal of the Month prize. Ante Rebic’s audacious lob against Hoffenheim on matchday 7 was a beauty as was Paco Alcacer’s last-gasp free-kick winner for Dortmund against Augsburg. The matchday was also graced by a laser from Mönchengladbach’s Alassane Plea.
Paco Alcacer was back amongst the impressive goals on matchday 8 against Stuttgart with an exquisite chip, while both Karim Bellarabi and Florent Muslija scored stunners.
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