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Ultimate XI’s- Bundesliga One Per Club

Hello!

Welcome back to another Ultimate XI, some of you will have seen my ‘Premier League One Per Club’ last week, and today I am doing the same but with the Bundesliga.

While I don’t claim to be the biggest fan of German football, I still do keep a fairly close eye on the results, so this is my best Bundesliga XI if I could only pick one player from each club!

GOALKEEPER- Oliver Baumann- Hoffenheim

The Bundesliga is awash with highly rated goalkeepers, which made this position the last that I chose because there is good quality across the league.

I have gone with Oliver Baumann to take the number one jersey. The German has played at Hoffenheim for nearly six years, and he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim’s expected goals conceded (xG) is more than they have actually conceded, and this is because of Baumann’s good performances in between the posts. Hoffenheim need to have a good consistent presence in goal as their attacking style of football often leaves them exposed at the back, and Baumann provides exactly this.

LEFT BACK- Phillip Max- Augsburg

Phillip Max is one of Augsburg’s best players, and he is also one of the stand out left backs in the Bundesliga.

The German is a typical attacking full back, and it is his pace and passing ability that allows him to stand out. Max is able to play anywhere on the left flank, and his versatility makes him a wonderful asset.

The 26 year old has seven goals and five assists in the Bundesliga so far this season, and with numbers like that coming mainly from left back, he had to be in this XI.

RIGHT BACK- Christopher Trimmel- Union Berlin

Christopher Trimmel is currently playing in his first ever Bundesliga season, but his performances so far has gotten him into this XI.

The Austrian has seven assists this season, the second most in the league for a defender. His partnership with Sebastian Andersson is the main reason why Union Berlin have climbed to 11th in their debut Bundesliga campaign.

While he is at the twilight of his career at 33 years of age, he is playing at the highest level of his career, so if ever he was going to make it into an XI like this, it was now.

CENTRE BACK- Nico Elvedi- Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gladbach had a wonderful start to the 19/20 campaign, and they were even considered title contenders until their form dropped off in 2020. Nico Elvedi has been an important part of their spine, and he makes this XI.

While Alassane Plèa and Marcus Thuram are arguably better players than Elvedi, the nature of this XI means that neither of the Frenchmen can make the team.

Elvedi has played in all but one of Gladbach’s Bundesliga games and he forms part of a defence that is statistically the third best in the league. He is comfortable on the ball, and is excellent at bringing the ball out and springing attacks for Die Borussen.

CENTRE BACK- Dedryck Boyata- Hertha Berlin

Dedryck Boyata failed to ever make the grade in the Premier League with Man City, but he has made a decent career for himself, first at Celtic, and now with Hertha Berlin.

Boyata has missed just two Bundesliga games for Die Alte Dame this season, and he has scored three goals from Centre Back. He has not been able to lift Hertha Berlin above mid table mediocracy, but he has been a good consistent performer.

The Belgian is a strong presence in the heart of the defence, and his heading ability also makes him a significant threat from corners. The best years of his career so far have been spent at Celtic, where he won four Scottish Premiership titles.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD- Suat Serdar- Schalke

Suat Serdar has been one of the outstanding central midfielders in the Bundesliga this season, and at just 22, he has a very bright future ahead of him.

Serdar is a defensive midfielder who has made 18 appearances for Die Knappen this season in the Bundesliga, scoring seven goals.

He is an all action midfielder, who likes to get forward as much as he likes to get stuck in on the defensive side of the game, so he has a profound effect on all areas of the game for Schalke. Serdar makes this XI for his wonderful performances this season.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD- Kai Havertz- Bayer Leverkusen

Kai Havertz is one of the brightest prospects in world football, and although he rarely plays as far back as central midfield, that is where he makes this XI.

Havertz is just 20 years old, and he already has 30 Bundesliga goals for Bayer Leverkusen. Last season he scored 17 goals, which made him the joint third leading scorer in the league, but he was the only one who played as a midfielder.

Havertz is one of the most sought after young talents in the world and there is no doubt that he will one day be sold for a fee in excess of £60 million. He is the first of a wonderful attack in this XI.

RIGHT MIDFIELD- Jadon Sancho- Borussia Dortmund

While I’m sure Havertz will one day be sold for £60m+, I think Sancho will be bought for over £100 million in the very near future.

The Englishman has just turned 20, and so far this season he has 14 goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga, Lionel Messi is the only other player in Europe’s top five leagues to have double figures in goals and assists…

Sancho’s wonderful dribbling is his stand out attribute, but this is excellently complimented by an eye for a pass and decent finishing. He certainly has the potential to be a complete attacking player in the future.

LEFT MIDFIELD- Filip Kostić- Eintracht Frankfurt

Filip Kostić has been one of the stand out players in the Bundesliga so far this season, and his 12 goal involvements (4 goals, 8 assists) has made an indispensable member of the Eintracht Frankfurt squad.

The Serbian’s pace and crossing make him excellent on the left wing, and at 27 years old, he is pretty much at his peak.

Kostic has had spells in the Bundesliga with both Stuttgart and Hamburg, but it is with Frankfurt that he has displayed the best form of his career. His wonderful season has come at a perfect time for Die Adler, as it has filled the void left by Luka Jovic, Sebastian Haller and Ante Rebic, who all left in the summer.

STRIKER- Timo Werner- RB Leipzig

Timo Werner has arguably been the second best striker in the Bundesliga over the last three years, and his form has made him Germany’s first choice striker. This season he has 21 Bundesliga goals, leaving him second in the league top scorers list, behind his strike partner in this XI.

Since joining Leipzig in 2016 he has scored 72 goals, and he has helped them adapt to life in Bundesliga so quickly following their debut season in 2016.

I am not sure whether Werner will be at Leipzig for much longer, as he has been touted with a move away for the last couple of years, and he is still just 24, so it is certainly worth the gamble that will come with a fairly high transfer cost.

STRIKER- Robert Lewandowski- Bayern Munich

I could only really choose one Bayern player couldn’t I? Robert Lewandowski is the best number nine in the world, and he has been for some time.

This season he has 25 goals in 23 Bundesliga games, and only Ciro Immobile has more goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season. In Bayern’s six Champions League group games, Lewandowski has scored eleven goals, that’s nearly two per game, his goal scoring numbers are astonishing.

The Pole is one of the greatest players of his generation, and with over 400 career goals to his name, he may even be considered as one of the best number nines ever.

That’s all for today’s XI!

What would your Bundesliga one per club XI look like?

Put it in the comments!

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