So, there we have it, the first half of the league season has come to a close.
RB Leipzig are the Herbstmeister, champions of autumn. Star striker Timo Werner is on 18 goals, one short of Robert Lewandowski (19), but Werner’s main goal will be to convert this impressive start into a tangible title.
But enough of that; this is all about who’s next! Who’s ready for the main stage?
Here’s a list of five players who could make 2020 their own.
Amine Harit (22) – FC Schalke
David Wagner had to re-energise a side that severely underperformed last campaign, and the former Huddersfield Town manager has already guided the Gelsenkirchen club back to potential title contenders.
After a big summer clear-out and some handy signings, it’s actually been 22-year-old Amine Harit who’s emerged as a genuine star.
Harit, having made 30 Ligue 1 appearances for Nantes in 2016-17, is now in his third Bundesliga season and is fast becoming a veteran of the league.
The diminutive Moroccan has already got the Young Player of the Year award in his trophy cabinet. After a difficult period off the pitch, he is finally re-discovering his Midas touch.
Joshua Zirkzee (18) – Bayern Munich
“Joshua Zirkzee” is a name you better get used to because you’re going to hear Bundesliga commentators shout his name a hell of a lot in 2020.
Bayern Munich have been lurching between the sublime and the ridiculous recently, but Zirkzee has come to the fore with two massive game-winning goals against Freiburg and Wolfsburg to keep his side in the title hunt.
The small sample size we’ve seen suggests a natural eye for goal and expert positioning. Another out-and-out Torjäger alongside Lewandowski.
The 18-year-old could play a massive part in the Rückrunde for the Bavarians, particularly with fellow youngster Jan Fiete-Arp still sidelined.
Don’t sleep on Josh Zirkzee.
Milot Rashica (23) – Werder Bremen
Milot Rashica has been a shining light in this Werder Bremen team for some time now and recently scored an outstanding solo goal against Bayern Munich, which sadly (for him) will forever be known as the Philipe Coutinho game.
But as the 23-year-old hurtles into a third Bundesliga season, it’s his first as arguably the team’s main man, with Max Kruse leaving in the summer.
The direct and pacy Kosovan is hard to pin down and often comes off the left into central positions to do serious damage. His endeavour is matched by a unique dribbling style that often bamboozles defenders.
Rashica’s already known by many in Germany, but this time next year he could be a name on the lips of every top team in Europe.
Marcel Sabitzer (25) – RB Leipzig
If you’re a Bundesliga fan and don’t know about this guy, then where have you been in the last six months?
Marcel Sabitzer has already outscored his Bundesliga tally of the last two seasons with six goals and has duly added five assists this campaign.
With RB Leipzig riding high at the top of the league, Sabitzer has proved the perfect foil for Werner. The 25-year-old has scored some outstanding goals this season. Check out his strike against Zenit in the Champions League.
You can really see the benefit of having Julian Nagelsmann, one of the best young coaches in Europe, guiding him.
2020 could see Sabitzer pick up a Bundesliga title and announce himself as bona fide star.
Luca Waldschmidt (23) – SC Freiburg
Luca Waldschmidt had been an instrumental force in Freiburg’s impressive Hinrunde before a knee injury and facial fracture put pay to much of this season.
Waldschmidt’s goal-laden summer during the U21 European Championships had continued into the Bundesliga campaign with four goals in his first seven appearances. The 23-year-old is beginning to find his feet in top-flight football and is helped by manager Christian Streich’s fluid formations. He often drifts wide, allowing the full-backs to exploit the space behind. Adept at running with the ball and possessing a clean strike, it’s clear to see he’s been schooled in the innovative German national team setup for years.
The hope will be that the talented forward can come back with a bang in 2020 and help Freiburg towards an unlikely European spot.