The race for the Bundesliga title might appear to be all but wrapped up, with Bayern Munich ahead of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, but it’s neck-and-neck in the battle to finish as the league’s top goalscorer.
It was always going to be fascinating to see who will win the race for the Torjager-kanone, the trophy awarded to the Bundesliga’s top scorer. Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski are separated by just a single goal as we head into the final third of the campaign.
Currently leading the race, BVB’s Aubameyang has been one of the real surprise packages this season, scoring 20 goals in 20 appearances on his way to the top of the goalscoring charts. While the Gabon international has been a real hit since arriving in Germany, scoring 15 and 16 league goals respectively in his first two years in Dortmund, Aubameyang wasn’t expected to be the man to push former Dortmund star Lewandowski all the way in the scoring charts this year.
Those who were unaware as to just how good Aubameyang is have certainly sat up and taken notice this season, including a number of the biggest clubs in the game.
Now well on his way to 30-plus Bundesliga goals this season, there are even some who feel the 26-year-old could have enough to challenge Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals in a league campaign. The problem for Dortmund is that those major clubs who were undecided as to whether the former Milan youngster could handle the pressure of being a team’s main striker have been given a resounding answer to their question.
While Aubameyang and the club haven’t made any sounds regarding a move away from the Westfalenstadion, Dortmund have admitted that could change should of European football’s elite come knocking in the summer.
Aubameyang might be the hottest striker in world football at the moment, but you can never underestimate Lewandowski. It says a lot about how highly the footballing world holds the Bayern and Poland forward that he is at the time of writing priced as short as 4/5 with the Bundesliga betting to finish ahead in the goalscoring charts.
Lewandowski has again been key to Bayern’s impressive league campaign, combining with strike-partner Thomas Muller to score 33 goals that have been crucial to the club maintaining some distance between themselves and Dortmund.
With 27 goals in all competitions to his name this season, the Polish star has already surpassed his impressive haul from his debut year at the Allianz Arena, and the 2013/14 Bundesliga top scorer is well on track to earning the top goalscorer award for the second time in his career. The real highlight for Lewandowski this season was when he scored five goals in a breathtaking nine minutes against Wolfsburg, highlighting just how important he is to Bayern’s continued dominance of German football.
So, while there might be little excitement still to come from the title race, it looks as though the battle to finish at the top of the goalscoring charts will go down to the wire.