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David Alaba may have only played 19 Bundesliga games this term owing to two serious knee injuries, but he undoubtedly deserves to be a candidate for the Team of the Season. Simply put: when fit, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola always plays the Austria international. The left-sided specialist can be fielded in a number of positions, without his performance level ever dropping: left-back, left midfield and central midfield. Furthermore, he's a dead-ball specialist, scoring two direct free-kicks in 2015 alone.
Johannes Geis is another set-piece expert, netting four goals and providing three assists in 2014/15. His value is underlined by the fact he has been a mainstay under the last three Mainz coaches (Thomas Tuchel, Kasper Hjulmand and current boss Martin Schmidt), starting 62 of their last 65 Bundesliga matches despite being just 21 years old. What’s more, his raking cross-field passes to launch attacks are astoundingly accurate, arriving with a team-mate 51 per cent of the time.
Granit Xhaka has developed into one of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s pivotal players this season and is one of the first names on coach Lucien Favre’s team sheet. The Swiss international never shirks a challenge and is a robust tackler, but he has deceptively good technique and is the hub of his side’s play, averaging 91 touches per game. The 22-year-old has also contributed five goals in all competitions this season, playing a leading role in Gladbach’s charge up the table.
Luiz Gustavo (r.) is the kind of player nobody likes to play against but everyone likes to have on their side. The Brazilian constantly snaps at his opponents’ heels, never allows them any time on the ball and covers an average of 12 kilometres per game. A brilliant reader of the game, Gustavo rarely gives the ball away and has a knack for intercepting passes. In short, it is no coincidence Wolfsburg are second with him in the side.
Eugen Polanski Eugen Polanski (r.) is not only a favourite with the fans at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, he is also held in extremely high regard by head coach Markus Gisdol, who selects him in the starting XI whenever available. The Poland international has won an impressive 55 per cent of all his tackles this season, and isn’t bad getting forward either - netting five goals from his deep-lying position in midfield.
Xabi Alonso needed no time at all to settle into the Bayern side after joining in August 2014. The Spaniard’s vision, ease on the ball and superb range of passing have helped him cement a place in Pep Guardiola’s team. Alonso has averaged a league-high 136 touches per game this term and set a new Bundesliga record on Matchday 6 against 1. FC Köln by coming into possession a whopping 213 times.