• Modeste one of five players on five goals this season.
  • Forward second only to Ribery on all-time scoring chart of French players.
  • Had a hand in six of Köln's ten goals this term.

Anthony Modeste's acrobatic equaliser in 1. FC Köln's 1-1 draw at FC Bayern München not only took Manuel Neuer by surprise, it also took him to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.

There should not really be anything surprising about either, though, with the striker's qualities emerging peu à peu and the Frenchman now a feared name among Bundesliga defences.

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It was approaching 17:00 CEST on Saturday afternoon when he ghosted into the Bayern penalty area, took aim with a flying kung-fu kick to flummox Neuer as confusion reigned in the Bayern defence. Not only was it one of the most eye-catching goals of the weekend, it was Modeste's fifth of the season so far.

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That effort took him into the company of Bundesliga royalty, brushing shoulders with Robert Lewandowski, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Vedad Ibisevic at the top of the scoring charts – a place where he no longer looks or feels out of place.

Last season, his 15 goals made him by far and away the Billy Goats' top-scorer. He is already a third of the way to matching that haul in 2016/17, with an assist in the 3-0 win over SC Freiburg meaning he has had a hand in six of Köln's ten goals. Meanwhile, his trigger-happy total of 19 shots is bettered by only four other players in the Bundesliga this term.

Modeste (r.) wheels away from Javi Martinez (l.) after netting for Köln at the Allianz Arena. © imago / Philippe Ruiz

The 28-year-old's aerial ability is second to none, with two of his goals coming with his head. That is unsurprising when you consider that only Ibisevic has been involved in more aerial battles than Modeste. He has an imposing frame to thank for that, and his resultant ability to hold the ball up almost inevitably sees him draw fouls – 12 in total, more than any of his team-mates.

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All that means that Modeste is the second most prolific Frenchman in the history of the Bundesliga, with his 39 goals behind only Bayern's Franck Ribery (71). Nevertheless, the marksman is eager to share around the credit: "That doesn't get me anything. It's all thanks to my team-mates." He would no doubt like to thank those same colleagues a few more times before the season is out.

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