Collectively, Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Patrik Schick (l-r.) have hit 42 Bundesliga goals from open play so far this term. - © DFL
Collectively, Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Patrik Schick (l-r.) have hit 42 Bundesliga goals from open play so far this term. - © DFL
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How do Robert Lewandowski, Patrik Schick and Erling Haaland compare?

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Robert Lewandowski, Patrik Schick and Erling Haaland are the top three scorers at the halfway point in the 2021/22 Bundesliga season - but how and when do they get their goals? bundesliga.com finds out…

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Appearances: 17
Goals: 19
Minutes per goal: 76
Shots: 75
Chance conversion: 25 percent
Shot accuracy: 63 percent

Lewandowski tops the charts on 19 goals. He's hit two or more in five of his 17 appearances, whilst only failing to score in four. The 33-year-old heavily favours his right foot - 15 goals have come via his preferred side, compared to two apiece with his left and head - and has done 89.4 percent of his bidding inside the opposition 18-yard-area. Only two of his efforts have been scored from outside the box, including one sensational long-range hit against Hoffenheim.

Watch: All 19 of Robert Lewandowski's Bundesliga goals so far this season

There have been 10 first-half and nine second-half efforts, with the 61-75-minute mark Lewandowski's most prolific window (five goals) - though four goals across the opening 15 minutes of matches represents a league high. By contrast, the Pole's leanest spell is early in the second half (one goal between minutes 46-60). And while he trails Schick and Haaland in terms of shots-to-goals - bear in mind the woodwork has intervened on four occassions - the Striker of the Year is still making every fourth attempt stick.

Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen)

Appearances: 14
Goals: 16
Minutes per goal: 69
Shots: 45
Chance conversion: 35 percent
Shot accuracy: 63 percent

Schick boasts a superior minutes-per-goal rate to Lewandowski, albeit having played in three fewer matches. Leverkusen's leading man scored eight times across his first nine appearances of the league campaign, before sitting out three with an ankle injury. He drew only his third of four Hinrunde blanks upon his return, but more than made up for lost time into December. After rattling off four second-half goals against Greuther Fürth, the 26-year-old produced back-to-back braces in meetings with Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim.

Watch: Patrik Schick under the tactical microscope

Schick's nine left-footed goals outweigh his four headers and three right-footed hits, all split evenly between the first and second halves of matches. Despite beating Scotland's David Marshall from 49.7 yards at UEFA Euro 2020, he's done the business exclusively from inside the opposition's penalty area domestically. The Euro 2020 joint-top scorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed almost as many touches per game (a team-low 30) as he has shots on goal (a team-leading shots on goal 45) and - like Lewandowki - has produced one assist.

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Appearances: 11
Goals: 13
Minutes per goal: 69
Shots: 46
Chance conversion: 28 percent
Shot accuracy: 61 percent

Haaland is the most selfless of the bunch, with four assists supplementing his 13 goals. He's also the youngest at 21, though his performances are very much of the seasoned pro variety. The Dortmund No.9 has scored in eight of his 11 injury-interrupted appearances, hitting doubles in five of them, and has never gone more than one game without finding the back of the net. Lewandowski was shackled on Matchdays 6 and 7, while Schick endured an eight-match drought until breaking the goalless cycle on Matchday 2.

Watch: All 13 of Erling Haaland's Bundesliga goals so far this season

Haaland's only one behind Schick for goals on his favoured left foot, and level with Lewandowski for second-half efforts, but ahead of both men elsewhere. His six strikes in the final quarter of matches is the most fruitful 15-minute bracket among the trio. Challenges won (53 percent) and speed (22.3 mph/ 35.9 kmph) are further Haalandator trump cards in the open-play department. Direct free-kicks are not in his repetoire yet, but he is three from three from the penalty spot. Schick converted his only spot-kick - Lewandowski has had one of his three saved.

Watch: Lewandowski vs. Haaland - a super striker shootout

Anthony Modeste is the only other player on double figures after 17 matches. The French striker has accounted for 40.7 percent of mid-table Cologne's 27 goals, which marks the highest proportion among the Bundesliga's top four Hinrunde marksmen. The Billy Goats could be as many as 12 points worse off without his input.

Dortmund are similarly reliant on Haaland, whose goals won nine points on Matchday 3, 4, 5 and 8 alone. In games he missed, the team average fell from 2.6 to 1.4 points per game. Goals also dwindled: 10 in six without him versus 31 in 11 with the former Red Bull Salzburg youngster leading the line. For reference, removing Lewandowski goals from the equation amounts to six fewer points for Bayern. A Schick-less Leverkusen's tally falls by two.

Lewandowski's track record makes him the favourite to land a record fifth successive Torjägerkanone - and seventh overall. The Poland striker has put away at least 29 Bundesliga goals in five of his previous seven full seasons at Bayern, and has never sat out more than five matches in a single campaign. When he did - last term - the European Golden Shoe holder plundered 41 goals, besting Gerd Müller's 49-year record by one.

Andre Silva was Lewandowski's nearest pursuer in 2020/21 on 28 goals, closely followed by Haaland's 27 in 28 games spanning his first full season in the Bundesliga. Schick totalled nine in 29 outings for Leverkusen, having registered 10 whilst on loan at RB Leipzig the year prior.

Fitness and form are the usual caveats, but the current numbers suggest Messrs Schick and Haaland will run LewanGOALski a whole lot closer in the months ahead.

Chris Mayer-Lodge

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