The summer is almost over, but at least we have the new Bundesliga season to put a smile on our faces as the 2019/20 season gets underway. With the first three matchdays done and dusted, it is time to look at the Bundesliga Fanatic awards for both the player and goal of the month for August.
Form is temporary, but class is permanent is a saying that could have been written for Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker has started the season in superlative form and capped it all with a new contract.
Six goals in three matches gives him an average of two goals per game and if he carries on in this vein, he’ll end up breaking Gerd Müller’s scoring record for goals in a season (40 scored in 1971/72).
The 31-year-old scored both of Bayern’s goals in their 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin and then went one better with a hattrick against Schalke. His first was a penalty, his second a superb direct free-kick and the third a great finish after a superb first touch set himself up leaving Salif Sane looking silly.
With Bayern scoring six against Mainz at the weekend, it was almost inevitable that Lewandowski would get on the scoresheet and he duly added his sixth of the season with a nice finish off the post after a Thomas Müller cross.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at his contract signing: “For me, Robert is the world’s best centre-forward, and he’s been a mainstay of our team for years. So, we’re extremely pleased he’ll continue to play for FC Bayern for a long time. We’re certain that together with Robert we’ll achieve our ambitious goals in the upcoming season and in the years to come.”
Based on his current form Bayern are going to enjoy the next four years as well as the next 31 matches with their start striker banging in the goals for fun
RB Leipzig have started with a 100% record from three games and a big part of their early success has been down to the early form of Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer.
Zack Steffen in Düsseldorf’s goal has impressed as has Denis Zakaria at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Xaver Schlager has had a great start to his Bundesliga career with Wolfsburg, although a serious injury will now see him sitting out for the near future.
It almost goes without saying that Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has stated the season in top form.
“Oh my god Kenny killed it”. No not a line from South Park, but a commentary on Schalke fullback Jonjoe Kenny’s goal for Schalke against Hertha Berlin on matchday 3.
With his side already 2-0 up following two own goals, the loan signing from Everton became the first Schalke player to score this season- with his first-ever shot in the Bundesliga. In the 85th minute a ball pulled back, found the Englishman on the corner of the penalty area and his first-time right-foot effort flew straight and true like an arrow past Rune Jarstein.
“I’ve just seen the opportunity to strike it,” the England U21 international explained. “I’ve scored one like this before [for England] and I’ve done it before.”
Jadon Sancho’s equaliser against Köln on matchday 2 was pretty special as was Maxi Arnold’s sublime volley against the same opposition. Jonathan Schmid rifled in an excellent effort for Freiburg against Mainz, while Robert Lewandowski almost won the player and goal of the month award with his stupendous free-kick against Schalke.
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