Adrian Ramos was the outstanding player in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 win at FC Augsburg on Sunday. The former Hertha Berlin man enjoyed a goal and an assist as BVB reduced the gap on leaders FC Bayern München back to five points. Bundesliga.com takes a closer look at the Colombian star…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s free-scoring form has seen Ramos watch much of this campaign from the bench. With the African Player of the Year granted compassionate leave after the passing of his grandfather, Ramos led the line from the start for only the third time in the current Bundesliga season at the WWK ARENA. The remaining 17 of his 20 appearances have been as a substitute. Three of Ramos’ five goals have been scored as a substitute - only Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, with seven, has scored more from the bench. Despite starting fewer games than last season, Ramos has already picked up three more goals and one more assist than he managed in the entire 2014/15 campaign.
Not only a super-sub
Ramos has consistently impressed when he has made the starting XI, too. BVB coach Thomas Tuchel has counted on the 30-year-old increasingly in the Rückrunde. In his three starts in 2016, Ramos has scored or assisted three times, having also been on target in Matchday 24’s 2-0 win at SV Darmstadt 98.
Matchday 27 was Ramos’ day: The striker had the most shots on goal against FCA (five), and reached the highest maximum speed of any player (34.0 km/h).
Ramos has scored every 80 minutes he has played in the Bundesliga this season. In 401 minutes played, he has scored five goals - a league-best. In comparison, the league’s top scorers, Lewandowski and Aubameyang, have needed 85 and 99 minutes respectively to score. Thomas Müller has needed 108 minutes per goal thus far.
Add in his assists, and Ramos has been responsible for a Dortmund goal every 50 minutes! This is the best record in the division, with every other player needing at least 70 minutes to make such a telling contribution.
Ramos is the complete player. He has a perfect blend of speed, strength and a goalscoring instinct. He is rarely bullied by an opposition defence. Indeed, over the whole of his career, Ramos has won 43 percent of his challenges in the Bundesliga, and 49 percent this season.
Alongside these incredible figures, Ramos has also now scored 39 goals in the Bundesliga since first featuring in the German top flight following his arrival from America de Cali in late 2009. That makes him Colombia’s all-time record goalscorer in the Bundesliga, ahead of Adolfo 'El Tren' Valencia, who managed 11 goals in 26 games for Bayern in the 1993/94 season.
Dortmund’s Ramos-fuelled victory on Sunday means they are guaranteed to end this term in at least fourth place, and with it UEFA Champions League qualification. Improving with age, Ramos promises to be a key component as Tuchel’s men chase success on all fronts this season and beyond.