Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund) Borussia Dortmund’s high-flying goalkeeper is currently tops in the Bundesliga with only ten goals conceded. Despite having a solid defense he has been a rock solid performer in the back and should be given a shot to play with the German national team as the Euro 2012 qualifiers begin to heat up.
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)- The US international has truly become a stalwart in the Hannover backfield. A major contributor to helping Mirko Slomka’s side fight for European Cup spots. I had to look at his entire body of work in order to make the Hannover captain my choice, especially over Borussia Dortmund man Lukasz Piszczek.
Sami Hyppia (Leverkusen)- The former Liverpool man has found a place in Germany and has become a stalwart of the Leverkusen defense. These past two seasons that he’s made a true mark in his team’s impressive starts. The Finnish international is part of the reason why Leverkusen are the second best defense in Germany.
Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund)- It was a toss up between the Serbian internationaland Mats Hummels, but one of those players that got away from US Soccer has really come into his own in th past few seasons. His presence in the back as well as his ability to be a threat in set pieces have made him a vital part of Jürgen Klopp’s attack.
Christian Fuchs (Mainz) One of my favorite right backs in the Bundesliga. He showed he had a great deal of potential when he was one of the only bright spots for Bochum last year as they ended up going down. This season he is the best offensive defensive player in the Bundesliga with nine assists.
Arturo Vidal (Leverkusen)- The Chilean international’s play in the middle of the pitch has helped Leverkusen to reach second place. His pace along with ability to distribute and come after the opposition like a heat-seeking missile.
Anatoly Tymoschuk (Bayern Munich)- NO one would have considered the Ukranian international to even sniff this list early in the season. If there was a legit candidate from Munich it would have been Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry, Bastian Schweinsteiger, or Thomas Müller. What was a move that was imposed on Louis Van Gaal by brass and by necessity has seen him flourish. In turn, this has helped Bayern Munich end the year on a positive note.
Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund)- This one was a no-brainer. Kagawa has been an impact player from day one that he was a difference maker. He said he would score a brace against Schalke and did exactly that. He stepped onto the pitch with Dortmund and he never looked back. Could be a legitimate candidate at player of the year in the Bundesliga.
Didier Ya Konan (Hannover)- Wow, this was a tough choice. I would have to leave Raúl off of this list to put the Ivorian international on this list. One top of being in the race for the scoring title, he is currently on top of the overall category
Papiss Cissé (Freiburg)- The Senegalese international has to be considered as he is the be all and end all of the Freiburg attack. He’s scored 13 of the 21 goals that have been scored this season so far.
Theofanis Gekas (Eintracht Frankfurt)- He’s the leading scorer in the Bundesliga and has accounted for 59 percent of the team’s scoring so far, the Greek international has just been on fire. His goal account for nearly 60 percent of Eintracht’s goals so far this season and he is 100 percent nightmare for any defense.
Off the bench:
Sebastian Jung (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart)
Mats Hummels (Dortmund)
Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg)
Raúl (Schalke 04)
Adam Szalai (Mainz)
Lewis Holtby (Mainz)
Zé Roberto (Hamburg)
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