The race to become 2016/17 leading scorer in the Bundesliga is already shaping up to be the most exciting in years. In Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chicharito, Anthony Modeste and Vedad Ibisevic, five strikers are already on five goals after just six games.
Even at this early stage of the season, it is rare to have five strikers battling it out for the Torjägerkanone. To be precise, it’s only happened three times in Bundesliga history. It’s worth noting that in 2013/14, Aubemayang, Ibisevic and Modeste were all on the list as well. back then Ibisevic as at VfB Stuttgart and Modeste still on the books at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. In the end though, they were all usurped by a certain Robert Lewandowski, then of Borussia Dortmund.
However, all five still have a good chance of finishing top scorer. In 1978/79 Klaus Allofs scooped the award with 22 goals and in 2001/02 it was Ebbe Sand with the same amount.
No matter who wins out in the end, one thing is clear. The out-and-out striker is back in fashion.
2013/14 (5 goals each)
- Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart)Nicolai Müller (1. FSV Mainz 05)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)Anthony Modeste (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
2001/02 (six goals each)
- Heiko Herrlich (Borussia Dortmund)Carsten Jancker (FC Bayern MünchenEbbe Sand (FC Schalke 04)Paul Agostino (TSV 1860 München)Emile Mpenza (FC Schalke 04)
1978/79 (five goals each)
- Klaus Allofs (Fortuna Düsseldorf)Klaus Toppmöller (1. FC Kaiserslautern)Erich Beer (Hertha Berlin)Klaus Fischer (FC Schalke 04)Harald Nickel (Eintracht Braunschweig)Gerd Müller (FC Bayern München)