Munich - Matchday 25's Player of the Week, as voted for by bundesliga.com users, was not one of the most difficult choices: has been in magnificent form of late and earned the nod after almost single-handedly seeing his team past FC Augsburg.
The 30-year-old took centre-stage as FC Schalke 04 came from behind to beat FC Augsburg 2-1 on Friday, continuing their good form in the Bundesliga and making the Dutchman the outright winner with over half of the votes.
Bagging a brace, Huntelaar scored either side of the half time whistle, first to draw his side level in the 33rd minute and then to give them the lead in the 49th from which they never looked back. The SGL Arena was his hunting ground as he showed great presence on the field, not only up front, but in covering over 11 kilometres by tracking back and helping out on the flanks.
The Dutch international scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season in only his tenth game.The equaliser, a typical poacher's goal, saw him fire home on the rebound after 's intial shot was saved. His second can be attributed to his great positioning and ability to read the game, finding himself free to tap in square ball from close range. No wonder the Schalke striker received 56 per cent of the vote.
Finish with finesse
Second place in the poll (with less than half of Huntelaar's votes) was FC Bayern München's (24 per cent), whose contribution to both goals, including a sumptuous set-piece, helped the Bavarians continue their unbeaten (50) and consecutive win (17) streaks courtesy of a 2-1 triumph over Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
After a poor start to 2014, Borussia Mönchengladbach finally got their first win of the New Year, breaking their spell of bad form in a 2-1 away win at Borussia Dortmund. received ten per cent of the vote as he gave Gladbach a two-goal cushion after sending both defender and keeper the wrong way with some fancy footwork, before slotting into an empty net.
Despite scoring a goal in Hamburger SV's 2-1 win at home to 1. FC Nürnberg, Hakan Calhanoglu only managed to persuade six per cent of readers to vote in his favour. opened the scoring in the 80th minute as HSV collected a seventh point from a possible nine at home under Mirko Slomka, showing some vital signs of life.
(three per cent) and (one per cent) did not seem to impress the voters as much, even though they both put in sterling performances. The Japanese international scored two goals in 1. FSV Mainz 05's phenomenal comeback against 1899 Hoffenheim, while Baumann impressed, only letting in one of the 26 shots that came his way in SC Freiburg's shock 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Remind yourself of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's contribution to Schalke's win on Matchday 25, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: