With 28 goals across nine games, matchday 12 of the Bundesliga provided plenty of action. With some stellar individual performances, who comes out on top?
Maximilian Arnold | The 28-year-old assisted both of Felix Nmecha’s goals for Wolfsburg as they beat Bochum 4-0 at home on Saturday. Reportedly including in Hansi Flick’s 55-man squad for the World Cup, a performance like this shows why he maybe an adequate understudy for the midfield positions for the German national team. On top of his form in recent weeks, his performance at the weekend highlighted his dead ball ability which is always a good quality to possess and may put him ahead of other midfielders in the pecking order.
Eric Maxim Choupo Moting | Sadio Mané also deserve praise for his performance against Mainz as he got a goal and two assists in Bayern Munich’s 6-2 win, but it is Choupo Moting who once again stood out. The 33-year-old has experienced a renaissance in recent weeks, and it looks no sign of stopping. In the first half he assisted Jamal Musiala’s goal while also playing a role in the penalty which Mane converted. He would only get his goal very late on in the second half but it continues his record of scoring in each of his last five games for Bayern and is looking like a crucial player for Bayern.
Gregor Kobel | In a rather poor performance from Borussia Dortmund as they won 2-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt, Gregor Kobel made several crucial saves to not only keep Dortmund in the game but also keep them in the lead. This is a massive confidence booster for the Swiss international as he has had moments in recent weeks where he has struggled and with the World Cup on the horizon and with him being the understudy for Yann Sommer, who is currently out injured, he may benefit from this run of form in Qatar.
Daichi Kamada | He has found himself playing deeper this season with the arrival of Mario Götze but that has not stopped him. He has seven goals and two assists in 11 matches in the Bundesliga this season and is a key piece of Eintracht Frankfurt’s attack. He scored the only goal for Frankfurt as they lost 2-1 to Dortmund and was easily Frankfurt’s best player in a game they should have won if it wasn’t for poor referring decisions.
Vincenzo Grifo | Led Freiburg to a 2-0 win against Schalke. This takes his tally to six goals in the Bundesliga this season in 12 games. The win takes keeps Freiburg third, two points behind leaders Union Berlin. After running so close to the Champions League places last season, Freiburg have continued right where they left off and so has Grifo as he is only three goals off his 2021/22 season goal tally and the season is not even halfway through. It is obvious that through Grifo’s career in the Bundesliga he has found himself most comfortable in the Black Forest.
GGFN | Jack Meenan