🇩🇪 Bundesliga Player of the Week - Müller closes in on his own record | OneFootball

🇩🇪 Bundesliga Player of the Week - Müller closes in on his own record

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Lewis Ambrose

The league’s most unselfish player? Our Bundesliga Player of the Week is …

Our Bundesliga Player of the Week is …

Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)

The ball arrives to feet on the break, it’s four versus three in favour of the attacking team. How many times have you seen a side fail to work that situation into a clear chance? But not when Thomas Müller is in possession.

The German international moves slowly, allowing his team-mates to catch up. He keeps the ball close, collecting it 45 yards from goal and creeping towards the area unchallenged as the cavalry arrives. Two defenders are fixated on him, a third is distracted by a run out wide.

And Müller, with perfect timing and having snuck 25 yards upfield, finds Robert Lewandowski for a simple finish.

It looks so easy, it’s anything but.

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There are plenty of stars at Bayern Munich but it is Müller who oils the machine. Lewandowski is invariably the benefactor and this is to take nothing away from the Pole, who has a stunning 23 goals in 19 league appearances so far this season.

Lewandowski is only almost peerless in that regard; he has scored every 71 minutes in this Bundesliga season, with the same regularity as Patrick Schick and only just more regularly than Erling Haaland, who has needed 72 minutes on the pitch for each of his strikes.

Müller, though, truly plays in a league of his own. The German’s assist for Lewandowski on Saturday was his first of the game. A second — a neat flick for a wide open Corentin Tolisso on the edge of the area — was his 16th of the campaign. An assist every 98.4 minutes. In that particular competition Florian Wirtz (an assist every 146 minutes) is the league’s next most prolific but even he doesn’t come close.

Just five more assists will see Müller equal his own Bundesliga single-season record of 21 in a campaign.

“The assists in the last few seasons and especially this season are exceptional,” Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann declared after the match.

“When a player has that many assists, it shows how they play to serve the team. It’s well known that Thomas has a great gift for recognising spaces, occupying them, and setting up his team-mates well.

“He’s an important player and his stats are extraordinary.”

You can say that again.