The Bundesliga is inching closer to resuming its season, with action kicking off at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. There will beresumes with no fans inside the stadiums as Germany . For avid fans of the league, they know who the biggest and best players are that dominant on a weekly basis, but for those not as familiar, here are the five players to watch.
1. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
The gold standard striker of the Bundesliga, the 31-year-old Poland international has been playing in Germany since 2010. First he was the star striker at Borussia Dortmund before moving to title rival Bayern Munich in 2014. Since then, he's taken his game to another level, flourishing with the talent surrounding him.
From 2010-2014 at Dortmund, he averaged 25 goals a season which is a tremendous amount. At Bayern, he's averaged 40 goals a season over the last five campaigns. He's as consistent as they come and has been arguably the best pure striker in the world for the last five years. If you want to know just how good he is, just think about the fact that he once scored five goals ... in nine minutes.
2. Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund
A special talent, the England international couldn't break into Manchester City as a youngster so he moved to the Bundesliga where he's since become a star. Now, he's having his best season yet. With 17 goals in 35 games, using his dazzling speed to make defenders look silly, he's got the Premier League's biggest clubs salivating over him with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all reportedly targeting the 20-year-old winger. He's versatile in that he can move from the right wing to the left, and his value has skyrocketed north of $100 million with the potential of becoming one of the best players in the world. No player in the league has his flair.
3. Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund
If you ask anybody who knows about the sport to pick one young striker to build their team around, it's Erling Haaland. From scoring nine goals in one game at the U-20 World Cup to becoming a star at Red Bull Salzburg, the Norwegian moved to Dortmund in January and hasn't stopped. Just think about this: He's averaging over a goal per game at his current club and his previous club. He scored 29 goals in 27 games for Salzburg and had 12 goals in 11 games for Dortmund.
As for when he made his Bundesliga debut back on Jan. 18, it took him just three minutes to score.
Haaland is huge at 6-foot-4, but he's fast, strong, and most importantly, he's as clinical as young striker comes. He has the potential to be the world's best player down the road.
4. Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen
You could argue that Kai Havertz is in same the conversation as Sancho and Haaland as one of the brightest young stars, despite not playing at as big of a club. The Germany international is as elegant as they come on the ball. He can play central midfield or right winger in addition to his main position of attacking midfielder. He gets you goals, but it's his creativity that has Europe's biggest teams interested. He's a guy that has the potential to be a superstar at the biggest clubs in the world, and at the age of 20, he already has some much experience with a noticeable improvement each season. Havertz is the best player at the most important position in the sport, which is that No. 10 role in charge of creating scoring chances and putting the ball away himself.
5. Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich
Serge Gnabry is a really cool story. The 24-year-old winger began his professional career at Arsenal where he just didn't make it. A really bad loan spell at West Brom seemed to indicate he was destined for a run-of-the-mill career. Fast forward four years later, and he's one of Bayern Munich's most skilled and important players. After a 13-goal season in 2018-19, he's got 18 thus far this season including four against Tottenham in one Champions League group stage game. He can play on either wing or even center forward, has lightening speed and can put the ball in the back of the net at any moment. He's a huge part of Bayern's future and a potential superstar in the making.
Honorable mention: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich); Timo Werner (RB Leipzig); Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund), David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig).
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