, , Anthony Modeste, and have all already found the back of the net six times eight matches into the season.
But how exactly have the predators struck? bundesliga.com takes a closer look at the league’s sure-fire shooters.
The Polish Borussia Dortmund forward may as well sit out the first half of matches, since all of the 25-year-old’s goals this season have come after the break, frequently in eye-catching fashion. “He’s simply a world-class striker,” enthused his team-mate Marco Reus. “In one-on-one situations, he’s practically unbeatable, he has an amazing eye for goal.” The majority of Lewandowski's goals have been scored with his stronger right foot (four), but he has also been successful with his left foot and his head.
With five goals in the first four games of the season, the 26-year-old made a major contribution to 1. FSV Mainz 05's strong start. Remarkably, half of his six goals so far were scored in the opening quarter of an hour. Former team-mate Marco Caligiuri, now at Eintracht Braunschweig, praised his “natural pace and his fast dribbling”, as well as his versatility. That said, things have not been going so well for him of late with just one goal in the last four games, while Mainz are without a win since Matchday 3.
1899 Hoffenheim’s top striker is a constant threat, only failing to score in the final quarter of an hour of matches. The Frenchman’s preferred hunting ground is inside the six-yard box. The secret of his success lies in his harmonious partnership with Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino: “We have a lot of fun,” explained Modeste. The 25-year-old scored four of his six goals with his stronger right foot, plus one each with his head and his left foot. “I’m fortunate to feel the faith of the coach [Markus Gisdol] and that is important for me,” he admitted.
The strikers' favourite territory:
The VfB Stuttgart striker prefers to roam where a striker should spend the majority of his time: in the box. Ibisevic has scored most of his goals from a central position just in front of the opponent's goal and often from one of team-mate Alexandru Maxim’s devilish set pieces. Half of the 29-year-old Bosnian’s six goals have come from a dead ball situation, although he has shown great variety in the way he puts the ball in the net: He has scored three times with his stronger right foot, twice with his left foot and once with his head.
With his equalising goal against FC Bayern München last Saturday, Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Sam joined the elite scoring gang. As well as his six strikes, Sam has also set up four goals, which puts the 25-year-old joint top of the charts with Max Kruse when assists are taken into account. “I’ve become more experienced and I’m now feeling really happy in Leverkusen,” said Sam. And it shows: the left-footer is lethal from almost anywhere in the area and is the only one of the top scorers to have found the net from distance.
You can see ten of the best Bundesliga goals below, and on the Bundesliga’s official YouTube channel: