December 14, 2017

Bundesliga Fanatic’s November Player and Goal of the Month

As we enter the festive period it is time to look back on the month of November and decide on the Bundesliga Fanatic Player of the Month and Goal of the Month awards.

Bayern have gone from strength to strength under Jupp Heynckes, while Dortmund’s early season form has deserted them. Werder achieved their first win under new trainer Florian Kohfeldt, whereas poor Köln still struggle at the bottom. So just who has won the Player and Goal of the Month awards for November?

Player of the Month: Jonathan Tah

For the second month in a row it’s a Bayer Leverkusen player who takes the Player of the Month award. With three matchdays to look at during November, Jonathan Tah has been the player to impress the most and he follows Leon Bailey as the recipient of our award. It was a close-run thing with team-mate Kevin Volland also in contention following his three goals in three games in November.

The powerfully built central defender has been in top form and will be hoping that German national team boss Joachim Löw still has a place spare for next summer’s World Cup. He provided the assist for Kevin Volland against Augsburg on matchday 11 before putting in two further excellent displays against both RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt.

At home to Leipzig he was the stand-out player along with Bailey, while he was arguably Man of the Match in the 1-0 win achieved at the Commerzbank Arena as the pillar of a three-man defence. Such has been the impressive nature and consistency of his displays that rumours are starting to spread about interest from Barcelona.

Honourable mentions for Player of the Month go to Wolfsburg’s Yunus Malli, Mainz defender Abdou Diallo and Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.

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Goal of the Month:  Raffael

Nevermind ‘Goal of the Month’ this one will be up there when it comes to deciding the ‘Goal of the Season’ in May.  Someone one said that Brazilians don’t score tap-ins and in the case of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Raffael that is certainly the case.

His strike against Hertha Berlin on matchday 12 was one of six goals seen at the Olympiastadion that afternoon where the Foals emerged 4-2 winners with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Raffael’s effort for 3-0 came when Oskar Wendt’s free-kick from the right was headed out to him. He plucked the ball out of the air with his right, before unleashing an unstoppable shot which swerved through the air from 20 meters into the top-left corner leaving keeper Rune Jarstein absolutely no chance.

Honourable mentions for August’s Goal of the Month go to Dortmund’s Raphaël Guerreiro and Schalke’s Daniel Caligiuri for their goals in the Revierderby. Also worthy of note were the goals of Robert Lewandowski in the Klassiker and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s stunner against Hoffenheim.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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