He may have stiff competition from Timo Werner, Lars Stindl and Mario Gomez among others, but after his first competitive Bayern Munich goal - in Saturday’s 5-2 rout of former employers Hofenheim - Sandro Wagner has declared himself “the best German striker.”
Wagner was Germany’s joint-top scorer in FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying with five goals, a tally only new Bayern teammate Thomas Müller was able to match, but after swapping Sinsheim for Bavaria in the winter transfer window, many questioned whether playing second fiddle to a certain Robert Lewandowski would harm his chances of making the final 23-man cut. Wagner, though, is having none of it.
Wagner’s tally of five Bundesliga goals this season leaves him some way behind Werner, Kevin Volland, Mark Uth and Nils Petersen - German strikers who have 10 apiece - but there is one stat very much in Wagner’s favour: his goals-to-minutes ratio.
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“Today was just a quick match [for me],” he said. “But I’m glad as I’ve scored my first goal for Bayern. I’ve had 30 minutes on the pitch and already scored a goal. It feels good.”