November has given way to December and with the Winterpause approaching there has been no let up in the action from the Bundesliga. A real title race is on the cards with Borussia Dortmund setting the early pace and the likes of Borussia Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig hot on their heels (oh yeah and Bayern).
So just who has come out victorious in the Bundesliga Fanatic Player and Goal of the Month awards?
Player of the Month: Marco Reus
After team mate Jadon Sancho claimed the October Player of the Month award it is the turn of Borussia Dortmund talisman Marco Reus to take the November prize.
BVB’s excellent unbeaten start to the season and their charge to the top of the table has been hugely aided and abetted by the fantastic form shown by club captain Reus. Not for nothing has it been raised that the 29-year-old is potentially playing the best football of his career right now as the Schwarzgelben seemingly glide towards a long-awaited Bundesliga title.
It may be a little premature to label the best version of Marco Reus, but what can’t be denied is the huge impact he is currently having and the amazing November he enjoyed.
Matchday 10 saw him score the only goal of the game in a tricky away match at Wolfsburg to cement top spot with a rare headed goal- his sixth of the season. The following weekend saw ‘Woodyinho’ play a huge role in Dortmund’s 3-2 over Bayern Munich in ‘der Klassiker’. He won and converted the penalty that saw Lucien Favre’s side equalise at the start of the second half before producing a fin finish in the 67th minute to equalise for a second time. His side’s eventual win was in large part attributable to his overall display.
On matchday 12 he provided the assist for Paco Alcácer to open the scoring in a 2-1 win, before once again getting on the scoresheet on matchday 12 with a well converted penalty against Freiburg.
“I’m in good shape, no question, and I’ve always said that I can help any team when I’m healthy and in rhythm over a longer period of time,” Reus explained to Süddeutsche Zeitung in mid-November. “But saying this is ‘the best Reus ever’ is a little over the top for me. That would also mean that it won’t get any better, but it’s still getting better.”
If there really is more to come from Marco Reus this season, then the rest of the Bundesliga should beware.
Honourable mentions for this month’s award are numerous such has been the quality on display across the Bundesliga in November. Thorgan Hazard has been on form for Borussia Mönchengladbach with two goals against Düsseldorf and one against Hannover as well as assists against both Werder and Hannover.
With the trio of Sebastian Haller, Ante Rebic and Luka Jovic earning rave reviews at Eintracht Frankfurt, midfielder Jonathan de Guzman has also emerged as a real star in November. Luka Jovic also helped himself to three goals and two assists, while Sebastian Haller scored in three November matches taking his season’s tally to nine.
Timo Werner grabbed a brace against Hertha Berlin on matchday 10 and then repeated the feat on matchday 13 against Gladbach.
Goal of the Month: Jean-Philippe Gbamin
Pass me the Nurofen ©, because the deliberations for November’s Goal of the Month award provided a real headache with so many top goals under consideration. The ultimate winner for me however was Mainz’s Jean-Philippe Gbamin for his strike against Freiburg on matchday 11.
With the game just six minutes old, the Frenchman received the ball from Daniel Brosinski and unleashed a rocket of a shot with his right foot from well outside the area. Alexander Schwolow in the Breisgauer goal stood absolutely no chance. Th true beauty of the strike can only be done justice by watching it.
Honourable mentions are aplenty this month. RB Leipzig’s Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha produced a peach of a goal on matchday 10 against Hertha Berlin in RB’s 3-0 win at the Olympiastadion. His first Bundesliga goal for the club was from the top draw as he took a poor headed clearance on his chest, before holding off three defenders and then curling a left-foot effort past Rune Jarstein.
Alassane Plea’s first goal in his hat trick against Werder Bremen on matchday 11 was the pick of the bunch which involved strength, a delicate touch and a clinical finish. Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Japanese midfielder Takashi Usami also scored a brilliant goal against Hertha.
Matchday 11 also saw superb strikes from Erik Thommy for Stuttgart against Nürnberg and Marco Reus’ second against Bayern in der Klassiker deserves a mention.
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