Jamal Musiala (c.) was one of the Bundesliga's most efficient players in front of goal in 2022/23. - © Sebastian Widmann/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty
Jamal Musiala (c.) was one of the Bundesliga's most efficient players in front of goal in 2022/23. - © Sebastian Widmann/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty

Jamal Musiala, Julian Brandt and the Bundesliga's top 5 finishers in 2022/23


Jamal Musiala and Julian Brandt were ice-cold in front of goal in 2022/23. bundesliga.com finds out where they ranked among the German top flight's most effective finishers...

1) Sheraldo Becker (Union Berlin, +4.5 xG Eff, 11 goals)

Suriname international Becker was symbolic of Union's odds-defying season. He was the only player in the Bundesliga to score over four goals more than his xG had indicated - with his team also scoring over 11 goals more than their xG figure. Becker was both the season's top scorer (11) for Die Eisernen and their leading assist provider (seven). His two goals and two assists in the 4-2 victory over Freiburg on Matchday 32 made a pivotal contribution to sealing a historic first UEFA Champions League qualification for the side from the German capital.

Watch: Becker involved in all four goals as Union Berlin beat Freiburg 4-2

2) Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich, +3.9 xG Eff, 10 goals)

Choupo-Moting started the season with the unenviable task of filling Robert Lewandowksi's gigantic boots as Bayern's leading man. Now the dust has settled on the campaign, the Cameroon international can be thoroughly happy with his contribution to the title-winning campaign. He scored 10 goals, despite making just 15 starts and having a modest 31 shots. Only one player in the Bundesliga recorded an even greater shot efficiency figure, and only two Bayern men scored more - Jamal Musiala (12) and Serge Gnabry (14).

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored seven goals in seven matches between October and January, but injury restricted his appearances later in the season. - Sebastian Widmann/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty

3) Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund, +3.8 xG Eff, 9 goals)

Brandt was one of the standout performers among Dortmund's formidable attacking assortment that together helped the team to 83 goals as they came up just short of the league title on a heartbreaking final day. Nobody at the club scored more than Brandt's nine goals over the season, and nobody could match his shooting efficiency from a total of 45 shots. The Germany international also provided an impressive eight assists.

Watch: All of Julian Brandt's goals and assists in 2022/23

4) Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich, +3.7 xG Eff, 12 goals)

Musiala has proved beyond any doubt that his finishing is first-rate. The 12 goals the Germany international scored over 2022/23 were not only 3.7 more than expected, they were more than he had previously managed across his entire Bundesliga career (11). The 20-year-old's final strike of the season is sure to be celebrated for the rest of his life - a superb, sweeping effort from the edge of the box in the 89th minute of Bayern's last match of the season in Cologne that secured an 11th consecutive league title.

Watch: Late Musiala strike seals win in Cologne - and 2022/23 Bundesliga title!

5) Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach, +3.6 xG Eff, 12 goals)

Gladbach's right-sided attacker Hofmann chipped in with a healthy haul of 12 goals in 2022/23 - matching his best-ever goalscoring season set the previous year. He hit three in his final four appearances of the campaign as the Foals finished 10th. Only Marcus Thuram (13) scored more for Gladbach over the season and Hofmann's impressive efficiency in front of goal is highlighted by the fact he had around half as many shots (47) as the Frenchman (89). All told, Hofmann scored 3.6 more goals than expected.

Jonas Hofmann was arguably Borussia Mönchengladbach's best player in 2022/23. - Lars Baron/Getty Images

Top 5s 2022/23