Having missed half of Dortmund’s first 22 Bundesliga games this campaign, he has now played every minute of the last four encounters, starring in his last match, a 3-0 win at Hannover 96.
Hummels nearing his best
The 25-year-old netted the opening goal for die Schwarz-Gelben in the HDI Arena and then helped to see out a clean sheet with a commanding performance that made him the clear winner of bundesliga.com’s user poll for the best player on Matchday 26, having claimed 37 per cent of the votes.
Hummels was a calming presence in a much-changed Dortmund side that was aiming for a win in Lower Saxony to boost their own chances of a second-placed finish, but also delay the title celebrations for runaway leaders FC Bayern München. Coach Jürgen Klopp was “very happy” with Hummels’ goal and all-round performance, and the Germany international’s improvement in form bodes well ahead of key fixtures against derby rivals FC Schalke 04 (Tuesday 27 March, kick-off 19.39 GMT/20.30 CET) and Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Schweinsteiger second, Mehmedi third
As aforementioned, FC Bayern were made to wait another few days to seal a 23rd Bundesliga title on account of results in Hanover (as well as Gelsenkirchen, where FC Schalke 04 beat Eintracht Braunschweig), despite the men from Munich running out 2-0 winners at 1. FSV Mainz 05 to make it 18 straight wins and 51 league games unbeaten. Bastian Schweinsteiger netted the opener at the Coface Arena, arriving in the box in a fashion not dissimilar to former Bayern and Germany great Michael Ballack, his header and overall display earning him second place in the poll with 25 per cent.
In third place was a man that has gone somewhat under the radar this season, but on whom much of SC Freiburg’s recent success has hinged: Swiss forward Admir Mehmedi. The 23-year-old, on loan from FC Dynamo Kyiv, scored one and made another in die Breisgauer’s 3-1 win at home to SV Werder Bremen last Friday, their second consecutive victory, after which they now lie in 14th place. For that our users gave the former FC Zürich man 18 per cent of the vote.
In fourth place with 14 per cent came 1899 Hoffenheim’s Kevin Volland, who seems to improve with every passing week. The 21-year-old’s latest show of prodigious talent came at the BayArena, where his beautiful curling effort helped his side to a 3-2 victory at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Hoffenheim's first ever Bundesliga victory over die Werkself in 12 attempts.
And finally, bringing up the rear were Eintracht Frankfurt’s Joselu, who netted a brace in the 5-2 win at 1. FC Nürnberg, and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Juan Arango, who also boated a goal and an assist in the 3-0 success over Hertha Berlin. Both players finished with three per cent of the overall vote.
Remind yourself of Hummels' dazzling display against Hannover here, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: