As the memories of summer fade and autumn approaches, we find ourselves looking back at three September matchdays, which provided plenty of excitement, drama, goals, and superb individual performances. So just who has won the Bundesliga ‘Player and Goal of the Month’ awards for September?
The excellent form shown by Schalke over the past few weeks is testament to the work being done by new coach David Wagner and is a stark contrast to the terrible season the Königsblauen endured last season. The players looked transformed- none more so that Amine Harit, who takes our September Player of the Month award.
The Moroccan had a poor season last year with off-field scandals and problems combining with a loss of form on it. There was even talk of the winger being sold this summer.
The new campaign however has seen the 22-year-old back to his sparkling best that saw him voted the Bundesliga Rookie of the Year for 2017-18. Harit scored twice against Paderborn in Schalke’s 5-1 win on matchday 4, before adding an assist and goal the following week at home to Mainz. His last-minute winner against the Nullfünfer was a stunning curled effort with the outside of his boot.
Matchday six saw him once more taking control as the Royal Blues beat RB Leipzig away from home. He earned and converted the penalty just before half-time to put the visitors 2-0 up and was the provider for Rabbi Matondo’s goal to make it 3-0 ten minutes into the second half.
“I’m a player who has to feel important. It’s good for me to feel trusted,” Harit said in an interview with Kicker this month.
Having won our award for August, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski had a genuine shout for being given the nod again for September. Having scored six goals in his opening three matches, the prolific Pole added four more in September’s three games. It could have been more, but he handed over the penalty taking duty to Philippe Coutinho against Köln.
Marcus Thuram continues to impress at Borussia Mönchengladbach. He came off the bench to score twice against Fortuna Düsseldorf to change the game and then on matchday 6 scored again and provided an assist in the Foals 3-0 win at Hoffenheim.
Zack Steffen is maintaining his amazing start to life in the Bundesliga, while Dedryck Boyata has instantly improved the Hertha Berlin defence. Amine Harit’s Schalke teammate Suat Serdar also deserves a special mention.
It really was a thankless (but enjoyable) task to sift through all the stunning strikes from September and try to pick a winner. There were so many great goals to choose from that it seems harsh not to award the prize to three separate players, but I’ve plumped for Paderborn fullback Jamilu Collins for his incredible late strike against Bayern on matchday six.
His superb strike from 35-yards came after a corner was not cleared to safety and Manuel Neuer had absolutely no chance of saving his rocket. Not bad for his first-ever goal for the club! Sit back and enjoy.
In any other month Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Niko Gießelmann or Augsburg’s Florian Niederlechner would have won the Goal of the Month award hands down any many will argue one of them should have taken the award. Gießelmann’s beauty of a strike on matchday 4 lit up the match against VfL Wolfsburg saw him lash the ball home from distance while Niederlechner’s curled effort against Eintracht Frankfurt was simply jaw-dropping.
Marcel Sabitzer produced an excellent direct free-kick against Bremen which was a work of art, Javairo Dilrosun’s marvellous solo-effort against Paderborn put Hertha Berlin on the road to a much-needed win, while Amine Harit’s winner against Mainz has already been mentioned.
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