January 03 News German media "Kicker" recently reviewed the Bundesliga season this season
The performance of the players of each team in the first half was rated. In the rating of the forward position, there is a world-class vacancy.
Since then, no player has been listed as world-class in the Bundesliga half-time rating list this season.
In addition, 6 players have been selected for the Intercontinental level and 7 players have been selected for the International level.
Among them, RB Leipzig’s French international Nkunku led the intercontinental level, and Bayern Munich’s Cameroon international Shubo Moting was also selected for the intercontinental level.
1. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
King Robert Lewandowski and his crown prince Erling Haaland left the Bundesliga last summer and now a new king is taking the reins in Christopher Nkunku.
The 25-year-old, who missed the World Cup in Qatar with a torn lateral ligament in his left knee ahead of the season, is no stranger to strikers topping the rankings.
Nkunku ranked second in the intercontinental class after Lewandowski last summer.
In the first half of the season, the France international proved once again that he is a goal-scoring and success-guarantee for RB Leipzig.
In Leipzig’s 4-2-3-1 formation, Nkunku often appears between the tenth position and the striker position. He has contributed 16 goals and 5 assists in 23 appearances for RB Leipzig.
Nkunku is a masterful attacker whose technique, pace and composure with his shots make it all look easy.
In the Champions League, Nkunku’s performance in 3 out of 6 games was poor (twice 4 points, once 5 points), but this did not affect his overall evaluation.
However, the story of the new king in the Bundesliga will only last until the end of the season. According to media reports, his move to Chelsea this summer has been basically confirmed.
2. Kolo Mouani (Frankfurt)
However, the new crown prince is ready.
Kolo Mouani joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer from Nantes in the summer of 2022 and became the top transfer of the first half of the season.
Mouani, who initially struggled on the right wing, later became Frankfurt’s top striker with his explosive power and agility.
In 22 official games, Mouani contributed 20 goals (8 goals and 12 assists).
And when Nkunku had to leave the French team in the World Cup training camp due to injury, French national team coach Didier Deschamps recruited Mouani.
He played 3 times for Qatar, especially in the semi-final (goal) and final (assist) against Morocco.
The 24-year-old almost decided the French team’s final trend, but even if he did not win the World Cup in the end, he had a fantastic six months.
3. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich)
So far, this season has been like a dream for Choupo-Moting.
The veteran, who had been Lewandowski’s second-in-command at Bayern Munich until the summer, also started the season as a substitute.
In mid-October, he was given the chance to start in a league home game against Freiburg (5-0) and since then, he has scored as he wished.
At the end of the first half of the season, the 33-year-old’s record: 16 appearances, 11 goals and 3 assists, thus reaching the intercontinental level.
At the end of his career, Choupo-Moting showed what everyone knew but never saw, that he could actually do everything a top striker needs to do.
4. Marcus Thuram (Monchengladbach)
5. Phil Kruger (Werder Bremen)
6. Michael Gregoric (Freiburg)
7. Sheraldo Becker (Union Berlin)
8. Yousufa Mukoko (Dortmund)
9. Andre Silva (RB Leipzig)
10. Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
11. Jim Berisha (Augsburg)
12. Jorginho Root (Hoffenheim)
13. Karim Onisiwo (Mainz)
Players not rated but worth watching:
Patrick Schick (Leverkusen)
Anthony Modeste (Dortmund)
Raphael Bore (Frankfurt)