Munich - Having made quite an impression since joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen last summer, signed off in style for the summer in front of the Werkself faithful by helping the side secure a place in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.
'Satisfied with my season'
The majority of bundesliga.com's users were evidently impressed as well, endowing the South Korean young gun with 54 per cent of their votes to make him the Matchday 34 Player of the Week.
Speaking after scoring the winner in what proved to be a crucial 2-1 triumph against SV Werder Bremen in Leverkusen’s quest for a fourth-place finish, the 21-year-old admitted the goal was also important on a personal level, as he reflected on his achievements since moving to Leverkusen. “It was important for me to score my tenth goal of the season,” he said exclusively to bundesliga.com . “It was important for me psychologically, I'm satisfied with my season.”
Trailing in second place in the Player of the Week vote was Robert Lewandowski, who played his last Bundesliga game as a Borussia Dortmund player on Saturday. The Polish frontman hit a brace to record his 19th and 20th goals this term in a 4-0 win at Hertha Berlin to finish top of the goalscorer’s charts.
Lewa denied a second crown
“I only found out at the final whistle that I'd won the Torjägerkanone," said Lewandowski, who went into the final game of the season at Hertha's Olympiastadion level on goals with FC Bayern München striker Mario Mandzukic. “It makes me unbelievably happy - it was always my aim to finish the season as top scorer.”
Mandzukic's team-mate Claudio Pizarro got on the scoresheet in the champions’ last-gasp 1-0 win at home to VfB Stuttgart, earning the Peruvian veteran seven per cent of the votes, just ahead of Ivan Perisic, who was on target as VfL Wolfsburg sealed fifth place courtesy of a 3-1 success against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Shinji Okazaki of 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 gem Max Meyer were this week's also-rans in the voting stakes, ending up in fifth and sixth respectively.
Relive Heung-Min Son's outstanding Matchday 34 display against Bremen, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: