Not since the prolific days of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze, who inspired them to back-to-back Bundesliga wins in 2011 and 2012, have the Westphalians boasted such a bounty of goalscoring options, and in a game where goals are the most precious commodity, their current numbers add up to a winning formula.
With 23 scored in their opening seven Bundesliga games – at an average of over three per game – it is no surprise that BVB are currently leading the way. However, what makes that statistic all the more impressive is the way they have spread the burden, rather than relying on just one figure to fire the ball home.
Goals and assists are coming in from all angles, and in particular from five flourishing outlets.
Marco Reus - 6 goals, 4 assists (in all competitions)
Reus was around when the prolific Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the ones putting the finishing touches to his creativity, but the Germany international is now doing both jobs, and he is already on track to set a new personal best. With six goals and four assists to his name, his best ever season of 2013/14 – when he scored 21 and created 20 – is looking threatened.
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A leader for club and country, Reus is managing to bring continuity and consistency into his game without any injury interruptions, and he is making up for all the time lost due to his regular absences with the energy infusion provided by Dortmund's hot young prospects. "If you have street footballers like Jadon and Jacob then it's really fun," he said after the recent win over Bayer Leverkusen. "We can be happy that we have these players and that things are going so well."
Jadon Sancho - 1 goal, 7 assists
Sancho became the first English player born in the new millennium to be called up to the senior England national team this week, but that will come as no coincidence considering the impact he has had on Dortmund's excellent start to the season. He has raised the bar after setting up four goals in 12 appearances of his maiden Bundesliga season, and he already has six to his name this term. Furthermore, he found the back of the net in the 7-0 win over Nuremberg and subsequently extended his contract through to 2022.
That is a great coup for Dortmund for a player regarded highly across the continent. "Provided he doesn't become restricted, he could be our Neymar-type player – in terms of being unpredictable, playing on that left-hand side," said Dan Micciche, who coached Sancho at U15 and U16 level for England. What he saw back then is now being witnessed by Bundesliga fans each weekend: quick, unpredictable skills, dribbles, weaving runs past defenders and a sharp eye for goal.
Jacob Bruun Larsen - 3 goals, 2 assists
If one Reus were not already enough, Dortmund appear to have two with Bruun Larsen emulating a man he names as a personal inspiration with three goals and two assists, including his first strikes in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League. "From my first days here in Dortmund, I have looked a bit more at him, watched him, to see how he handles himself on the pitch," Bruun Larsen said of his captain.
Being so close on the training field seems to be rubbing off with the Danish U21 international showing similar characteristics and, crucially, an uncannily matching eye for goal or a better-placed team-mate. Any signs of fatigue in Reus, particularly in view of Dortmund's packed schedule, can be compensated for by Reus 2.0, Dortmund's Danish dynamite.
Christian Pulisic - 2 goals, one assist
While Bruun Larsen may share a lot of his footballing qualities with Reus, he is very close to Pulisic in a different way: he was born just a day later. The USMNT stole a one-day march on his fellow 1998-born, entering into the Dortmund academy sooner too and already impressing former Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp, who admitted his biggest regret about leaving the club was not having the opportunity to coach the likes of Bruun Larsen and Pulisic. His loss is Lucien Favre's gain – Klopp did have Lewandowski and Götze, after all.
And Pulisic is a perfect fit in Favre's quick, counterattacking footballing philosophy, thanks to his ability on the ball, both at holding it up and powering forward. His dynamism and perpetually refining understanding with the likes of Reus and Sancho enable him to penetrate into the gaps, thus reinforcing his goalscoring threat and ensuring Dortmund's danger can – and does – arrive from anywhere
Paco Alcacer - 6 goals
With all these creative outlets, having a player who can provide the finishing touch is equally essential, and in Alcacer, Dortmund have drafted in a proverbial glazed cherry up top. The Barcelona loanee needed just one touch of the ball in the Bundesliga to show exactly why he cannot be afforded an inch with the goal in sight, and that was a sign of things to come. The way he has been linking up with Reus and Sancho in the final third also augurs well for BVB, particularly as he appears to be thriving more on their service than he ever did with none other than Lionel Messi.
He also subscribes to the notion that the team is the real star, and not the individual. "Borussia Dortmund play at the collective level," he said after scoring on his debut against Eintracht Frankfurt. "They give everything for the shirt when they go out on the pitch. Therefore, if the team is doing well, everything will be better for the players. Dortmund like possession but are more direct. So that's good too."
It is when you have a player of Alcacer's undeniable ability to feed the onion bag, as he confirmed on Matchday 7 with a 34-minute hat-trick in Dortmund's dramatic 4-3 win over Augsburg, taking him to six goals in just 81 minutes on the field this season.