Ash Bromfield reveals the three players which impressed him the most during the eleventh gameweek of the Bundesliga.
Oliver Baumann – Hoffenheim
In what was one of the more exciting 0-0 draws of the 2015/2016 Bundesliga season to date, Oliver Baumann and the rest of his team mates managed to prevent FC Cologne from getting on the score sheet. It was Baumann in particular who was most impressive; making a number of top quality saves in order to preserve a well earned point for a Hoffenheim team struggling in 17th position.
The most impressive asset to Baumann’s game which was evident in the draw against Koln was his confidence. The German goalkeeper produced a number of below-par performances last season which in turn saw him receive a lot of negative criticism from the media. However, Saturday’s performance would suggest otherwise as he looked extremely confident within his area and looked to regularly communicate with his defensive line.
Hoffenheim have the joint 3rd ‘leakiest’ defence in the division and so therefore interim head-coach Huub Stevens will be grateful to his number one goalkeeper for playing a key part in preserving a well-earned and much needed clean sheet.
Yoshinori Muto – Mainz
After being brought in to replace Shinji Okazaki, the 23 year-old has began life at Mainz in a positive fashion. Muto continued his bright form with an impressive hat-trick against Augsburg at the weekend which rescued his team a vital point.
Muto began the afternoon in flying fashion, scoring two goals within the opening 30 minutes as the visitors went 2-0 up. However, Augsburg completed an incredible comeback and saw themselves go 3-2 ahead in the 81st minute. The win was all but sealed until the Japanese forward completed his hat-trick in dramatic circumstances in the 92nd minute to rescue a point for his side.
Mainz’ joint top-goalscorer now has 6 goals in 11 appearances in the Bundesliga this season and the 23 year-old will be looking to improve on his impressive return so far.
Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund
Reus aided Dortmund to decrease the points gap on league leaders Bayern Munich to five on Saturday, after scoring two goals in an convincing 3-1 win over the struggling Werder Bremen.
The German international got the Yellow and Black army off to a flyer within ten minutes, before rounding up the three points on the 72nd minute; maintaining an impressive 100% shooting accuracy record throughout the match.
The 26-year-old’s record suggests that he is nearly back to his very best with; seven goals in nine appearances in the Bundesliga. The former league champions need the likes of Marco Reus and his fellow attacking midfielders to step up to the plate with goals in order to aid talisman on-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.