At the end of the first half of the season, the Bundesliga is now taking its winter break. We are now exactly at the half-way point, the right time to analyse the performance of the predominant strikers in the German league after 16 matches.

It was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who earned the title of top goalscorer in the ‘Hinrunde’. The 16 goals scored up to now have also earned him the honour of best player of the first half of the season according to the players. The Gabonese striker also leads Bundesliga in goals per 90 minutes, thanks to a frightening average of 1.03 goals every 90 minutes. These are numbers that should not surprise us, given Aubameyang’s extraordinary efficiency: he finds the goal around 6 times out of 10, precisely 59.26% of his shots that equal 3.48 shots every 90 minutes.

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Bundesliga, Goals per 90′ – from Wyscout

With 13 goals, Anthony Modeste is the second-ranked scoring forward, an exceptional role for the former Hoffenheim player who, in his first season wearing the Köln jersey, had scored a total of 15 goals. Modeste, who shoots 3.01 times every 90 minutes, is also second to the Dortmund’s forward in terms of average scoring, achieving the enviable number of 0.82 goals per 90 minutes. But the Frenchman holds first place in one statistic: until now no one has scored more than his 4 headed goals.

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Bundesliga, Shots per 90′ – from Wyscout 

With just one goal less, Robert Lewandowski is nipping at Modeste’s heels in the goalscorer rankings, as well as in the average goals category, scoring 0.76 times every 90 minutes. The Polish Bayern München player unloads 3.79 shots every 90 minutes and is the league leader in attempted shots (54), as well as headed shots (14). Lewandowski is also a valuable asset when it comes to playmaking with 0.83 passes to set up shots and 0.55 key passes every 90 minutes.

Timo Werner, who has already scored 9 goals with surprise contender RB Leipzig at just 20 years of age, is the fourth-ranked top goalscorer. Every 90 minutes, the former Stuttgart player scores 0.68 goals, despite making “only” 2.55 scoring attempts.

Speaking of non-strikers, we cannot neglect to mention Joshua Kimmich who, as a midfielder, scored 0.51 goals every 90 minutes and Serge Gnabry from Werder Brema, who has stats of 0.49 goals and 4.23 dribbling action every 90 minutes.

Flavio Fusi
Flavio Fusi studies economics and writes about tactics on his blog Trovaspazi. He is an author for l’Ultimo Uomo