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Last season saw Alexander Meier dominate the scoring charts when he was moved from his more favoured number 10 role into the centre forward position. He ended up with an impressive 19 goals in 26 games, had it not been for a knee operation that cut his season short, the goal tally would have surely exceeded the twenty mark. Also, the resurgence of Bas Dost, a striker who had been plagued with goal droughts and injuries just the season before who ended up with an impressive 16 goals. And the surprise rise of Franco Di Santo, a striker who had previously struggled to get goals but found a new lease of life in Germany last year, notching up 13 goals in his first season. Not forgetting, the emergence of the young goalscoring talents of Davie Selke who scored an impressive 9 goals in his debut season.
From the top five scoring strikers, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, was the only one who did not play the traditional target man role with his back to goal. However, this season has proved to be as competitive, if not more than the last; With just 5 games gone in the Bundesliga, there seems to be strikers already proving to be possible breakout stars who are vying to take spotlight this season.
Possible breakout strikers
Javier Hernández (27 years old) – The Mexican striker always has always shown an incredible gift for getting goals and exceptional off the ball movement. A striker who will relish finally being the key member for a team, something he has craved ever since he left Mexico for Europe. Rustiness and periods of shaky performances will be expected as the player will slowly build up his match fitness and confidence but once he is settled in, Bayer Leverkusen could have potentially one of the best poachers in the world.
Prediction: 14 goals
Luc Castaignos (22 years old) – The Dutch striker was once one of the best young players in Europe and this season could see a “coming of age” for this young striker. A player with incredible potential, once touted as the Dutch Thierry Henry, but has struggled to get a consistent return of goals and only got 1 goal in his last 15 games for FC Twente. However, with the potential of learning and partnering with Alexander Meier up front they will possibly become the best attacking duo in Bundesliga.
Prediction: 11 goals
Anthony Modeste (27 years old)– In the peak years for strikers, a powerful and pacy striker who has shown he has an eye for goal. As the main striker for FC Koln he will get a more time on the pitch and chances to show his best qualities. With an incredible return of 4 goals in 5 games already, I tip him to more than double his goal tally of 7 goals last season.
Prediction: 15 goals
Pierre-Michel Lasogga (23 years old) – The young German striker will look to capitalise on the resurgence of Hamburg SV, who seem to be improving drastically under current manager, Bruno Labbadia. And he fits the target man role that dominated the striker scoring charts last season.
Prediction: 11 goals
Possible young breakout star
Leroy Sane (19 years old) – A young starlet who has shown all the skills to one day play for one of Europe’s elite clubs. With the dribbling, technique and eye for goal that is so rare in one so young, the sky is the limit for this youngster. Schalke’s stuttering strike force could prove crucial in the amount of games he will partake and also his overall goal tally.
Prediction: 8 goals
Timo Werner (19 years old) – With an impressive record in the youth teams for both club and country, this season could prove to be one which he transforms some of that into the Bundesliga.
Prediction: 7 goals