The Team of the Season for the Bundesliga has been announced on 18th May this year by EA Sports. This team includes the best players of the season who have managed impress consistently. With 5 players in the team, Bayern top the chart unsurprisingly, Schalke come second with 2 players and there are a few non-traditional inclusions as well. Here is the starting eleven of the best players in the Bundesliga 2017-18 season.
Goalkeeper: Lukáš Hrádecky (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed the signing of Lukas Hradecky, allowing Bernd Leno to join Arsenal.
The deal will be worth Leno’s release clause of £22million and will be announced before the World Cup. #AFC
— Transfer News (@TransferChecker) May 23, 2018
Hrádecky has been one of the standout goalkeepers in the 2017/18 season playing 34 matches conceding only 45 goals, the 6th lowest in the league. The 28-year old stopper helped Frankfurt not only to a top-half finish but also to win the DFB Pokal with a brilliant performance against Bayern in the finals. The Finnish stopper later announced his departure from the club after his contract expiry to join Leverkusen.
Right-back: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Joshua Kimmich on his first full season as a right back:
Involved in 24 goals, more than any other full back in Europe pic.twitter.com/I0BF9v0LDp
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 19, 2018
Kimmich has proven himself to be capable of filling the huge boots left behind by club legend Phillip Lahm. With a single goal and 11 assists, 3rd highest in the league, the 23-year old is certainly a fierce attacker also earning a spot in the Die Mannschaft World Cup squad.
Centre-back: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) May 26, 2018
One of the best and most consistent defenders in world football right now, Mats Hummels put in another stellar performance for Bayern this season with 52 tackles, 56 clearances, and 55 interceptions. The German International also holds the record of the highest accurate passes/match in the Bundesliga this season, 67.8 passes/match.
Centre-back: Naldo (FC Schalke 04)
When Naldo hits them, they stay hit! 💥
Schalke’s defender rockets in a free-kick to seal the Revierderby in style 🙌 pic.twitter.com/rrFRpepvwb
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2018
The 35-year old veteran an absolutely amazing season with Schalke scoring 7 goals and assisting another 2. The Brazilian’s defensive contribution was immense as he made 35 tackles, 193 clearances, and 55 interceptions. Naldo was a key figure who helped the club finish second with the 3rd least goals conceded in the Bundesliga.
Left-back: Wendell (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
PSG is interested in signing Wendell of Bayer Leverkusen for €20 million, there has been discussions between PSG and the player’s agent for several weeks now. pic.twitter.com/rxJAztJ7bo
— Brazil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrazilEdition) May 21, 2018
Wendell was an important part of Heiko Herrlich’s side this season as he made 26 appearances for the club scoring 2 goals and providing 3 assists. The 24-year old Brazilian full-back made sold defensive contributions with 41 tackles, 46 clearances, and 28 interceptions.
Centre Midfield: Leon Goretzka (FC Schalke 04)
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) May 18, 2018
A natural all-around midfielder, has been a revelation this season scoring 4 goals and providing 2 assists in his 26 matches for Schalke. The 23-year old finished the season with 18 key passes, 18 shots on target, 34 tackles, 31 clearances and 41 interceptions; with his consistent performances, Goretzka has also earned a place in the German World Cup squad. The centre midfield player is set to join Bayern in the summer.
Centre Midfield: James Rodríguez (Bayern Munich)
James Rodriguez on his future: “I hope that I will stay here for a long time. I feel very well at Bayern and in Munich.”
— Bayern mania (@Bayern_mania) May 6, 2018
Bayern seemed to have struck an absolutely amazing deal with Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez turning out to be a beast in the Bundesliga. The Colombian star finished the season with 7 goals and 11 assists while he made 64 key passes with the league highest average of 2.8 key passes/match.
Left Midfield: Leon Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 18, 2018
The second ‘Leon’ in the team, Bailey has been in sensational form this season with 9 goals and 6 assists in 30 matches. With 58 dribbles succeeded, the 20-year old Jamaican is considered to be one of the best dribblers in the game.
Right Midfield: Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)
See you tomorrow 😃⚽👍 pic.twitter.com/YlOqzboaRZ
— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) May 11, 2018
The assist king of the Bundesliga this season, Thomas Müller finished the season with 8 goals and 14 assists in 29 matches resurging as a key figure in the Bayern squad. The ever joyful 28-year old has been selected in the German World Cup squad once again and he seems as prolific as ever.
Striker: Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund)
Some players do it for the money, or the titles, or the glory… well I do it mostly for my FUT card next season 😂😂 thanks @EASPORTSFIFA & those who voted for me ❤ ! #TOTS #94 #MB22 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9KPCvlOFRw
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) May 18, 2018
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi joined Dortmund on loan in January has a terrific season in the Bundesliga with 7 goals and 1 assist in just 10 games. The 24-year old became an instant hit as he helped Dortmund claim the final Champions League spot this year.
Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Robert Lewandowski doing what Robert Lewandowksi does best. 29 times. 🙅♂️
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) May 27, 2018
Bundesliga’s most prolific striker added another Golden Boot to his collection as he scored 29 goals in 30 matches, setting himself a class above the other candidates who had at least 14 goals lesser than him. With a goal in every 74 minutes, Lewandowski leads the minutes/goal list as well.