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Ricardo Rodriguez has truly come of age in the 2014/15 season, producing consistently top-class performances throughout the campaign. The Swiss international is the league’s joint-highest scoring defender with six goals, while he has provided assists for a further three. “In my opinion Richi is one of the best players there is in his position,” said VfL Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking. Rodriguez is also sound defensively, winning 62 per cent of all his tackles so far this season.
Juan Bernat has slipped seamlessly into the FC Bayern München side in his debut Bundesliga season. Coach Pep Guardiola has handed him more playing time than any other outfield player this term, thanks in large part to the 22-year-old’s versatility: he is able to play both defensive and attacking roles, scoring his maiden Bundesliga goal in the 4-1 defeat to Wolfsburg on Matchday 18. Quick, agile and with superb positional awareness, this Spanish international is already among the best in the business.
At the start of the season Abdul Rahman Baba was still plying his trade in Bundesliga 2 with Greuther Fürth, but he became a mainstay in the FC Augsburg side almost instantly after joining in August 2014. The quick-footed full-back is difficult to beat in one-on-one situations, winning 63 per cent of all his challenges, and at the other end of the pitch he whips in more crosses than any of his team-mates, assisting four goals so far. Still just 20, Baba also shone for Ghana at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.