Bundesliga Return: 5 Players To Watch If You’re A New Fan

The Bundesliga is back! And as one of the first leagues to return to our tellies after the Covid-19 interval, there are plenty of people tuning in to the German top league for the first time.

If you’re one of those new fans, I have drawn up a five-man list from goalkeeper to striker of players you should keep an eye on. You’ll be impressing your friends with your in-depth knowledge of the Bundesliga in no time.

5 Players Bundesliga Players to Watch

Péter Gulácsi

Club: RB Leipzig

Position: Goalkeeper

The Hungarian number one has, once again, been one of the standout keepers in the Bundesliga this year. Currently on nine clean sheets from 27 games. Widely regarded as one of the best in between the sticks in Germany, Gulácsi has certainly lived up to his status this year, making 70 saves so far. The former Liverpool stopper is also tidy with his feet completing 78% of 631 attempted passes. Rapid reactions and getting down quickly to save shots are just some of his strengths.

Nico Elvedi

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Position: Central Defender

The defensively versatile Swiss is quietly going about his business this season with a string of fine performances, appearing in all but one of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s games this season. Comfortable with the ball at his feet completing 91.3% of his passes and composed in the tackle making 1.6 clearances per game and 2.2 interceptions on a gamely basis. At 23 years old, Elvedi is expected to be bossing it defensive in the coming years.

Thiago Alcántara

Club: Bayern Munich

Position: Central Midfielder

Thiago is one of Bayern’s most important players but, at the same time, probably the most underappreciated. The Spanish midfielder is always dictating play in the middle of the park, winning the ball and constantly moving it forward to the overlapping full backs or attacking midfielders. Averaging two tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game along with a 90.7% passing success rate, the former Barcelona man has consolidated himself into one of the best all-round central midfielders in the world. He’s also very satisfying to watch with the ball at his feet.

Suat Serdar

Club: FC Schalke 04

Position: Central midfielder

The box-to-box midfielder is having a great season with the Royal Blues. A very involved player up and down the pitch. The central midfielder has scored seven goals in the Bundesliga, making him the club’s top scorer. Proving his worth to the side and showing his willingness to get forward, he’s taken 1.8 shots per game on average and made an impressive 2.6 tackles per game. Dribbling is one of the Serdar’s strengths, completing 2.7 per game as well as winning 1.7 fouls a game. Be sure to watch him taking the game by the scruff of the neck in this young Schalke squad.

Mark Uth

Club: 1. FC Köln

Position: Attacking midfield/striker

One of the form players in the Bundesliga, Mark Uth, has five goals and four assists in nine appearances. The German has been on fire since his loan move from Schalke in the January transfer window. He has given the Billy Goats a much-needed boost as they were flirting with relegation in the first part of the season and now sit in tenth place. Contributing in all but two of the eight games (one of them being a three-minute cameo) he has already shown his importance to the team.

Main picture credit: Thiago Alcantara/Facebook

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