With a glorious career including 133 goals in 260 Bundesliga appearances behind him, FC Bayern München legend Giovane Elber is the perfect man to run the rule over the top-flight's current outstanding crop of strikers.
"It's pretty exciting this season," Elber said exclusively to bundesliga.com. "I can't remember when a striker has scored as many goals as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been doing."
"Aubameyang is sensational. Almost everything's going right for him this season. As the lone striker, he can really show his true self and you realise that he just loves to play football. Even when he was having a few problems at the start of his BVB career, you could see what a massive talent he was. I can honestly say, though, I never thought it possible that he would suddenly score so many goals, but he's earned it. He's unbelievably quick, technically strong and has really raised the bar at Borussia. His link-up play with Marco Reus is particularly good - they have a telepathic understanding. BVB's entire game goes through him."
"Robert Lewandowski has proved once again that he is a world-class striker. For the fourth year in a row he has scored at least 15 goals just in the Bundesliga. He deserves respect because not many players have done that. He's adapted to a few problems he had with Bayern's game. Even if he doesn't score for a few games - like last autumn - he doesn't let it get to him. That’s one of his biggest strengths."
"Thomas Müller definitely has the qualities to trouble the two favourites, 'Auba' and 'Lewy'. He's one of three players that can finish the season as top scorer. You should never underestimate him, he can churn out goals."
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
"It'll be difficult for [Chicharito] to move ahead of the rest, but I think he's made great progress. Leverkusen was exactly the right team for him to rediscover his best form, after difficult times at Real Madrid and Manchester United. He didn't need any time to adapt before hitting top form. He has fulfilled the high expectations. He's good for Leverkusen. In fact, he's the team’s life insurance. He's also a real boon for the Bundesliga."
So, Giovane... Who's going to be top scorer?
"It's a really tough call to make because it hasn't been so close and exciting for such a long time. If he stays injury-free, Aubameyang can go on and finish as top scorer, but I'm in no doubt it's going to be a thrilling fight right until the last."