The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign has been set alight by two men thus far. One Polish, the other Gabonese. One plays in burning red, the other in brilliant yellow. Both have a goalscoring flame in their bellies which will not be put out.
Simply put, Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot stop scoring. The two men currently top the Bundesliga scoring charts and with 13 goals each, they have fired FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund into first and second place respectively.
This season, Aubameyang has matured into the goalscoring phenomenon Dortmund have always hoped he would be. With 20 goals in all competitions already, the Gabonese hitman is profiting from a revitalised BVB midfield under Thomas Tuchel. He has netted a hat-trick in each of his last two competitive games, and been involved in goals in all ten Bundesliga fixtures so far, scoring in nine of them.
Lewandowski is also enjoying the most purple of all his patches since joining Bayern. His amazing five goal haul against VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 6 kick-started a scoring run which has seen him reach 17 goals in all competitions, net another hat-trick and bag two more braces. There is, it seems, very little these two men can do to avoid the opposition goalmouth. Between them, they have been on the scoresheet on every single Matchday but one, and even on that weekend, ‘Auba’ grabbed two assists.
'I was worried about my record'
Little wonder that there is now talk of one or both of them breaking a 43-year-old Bundesliga record. Bayern legend Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Müller is still the man who has scored the most goals in a single Bundesliga season, with 40 in 1971/72. If they continue to score at their current rate, Lewandowski and Aubameyang both have a good chance of overtaking the iconic poacher this season.
“40 is a big number, but with Robert in this kind of form, anything is possible”, said Lewandowski's team-mate David Alaba earlier this season. Müller, incidentally, turns 70 at the beginning of next week, just two days after Matchday 11 finishes on 2 November. The legendary striker may be celebrating his birthday with one protective eye on his record.
Lewandowski, after all, has already equalled one of Müller's records this season, having scored ten goals in the opening seven league fixtures. The Bayern legend admitted, too, that he had feared for another one of his accolades during Lewandowski's blistering performance against Wolfsburg. Müller remains the only man to have scored six goals in one Bundesliga game, a figure Lewandowski was just one goal short of on Matchday 6. “I expected him to get a sixth, I was worried about my record because I'm very proud of it”, said Müller after the game.
'I'm trying to catch Lewandowski'
Aubameyang, too, has had his record-breaking boots on. He is now the only Dortmund player to have scored 13 goals in the opening ten games of the season, and his eight game scoring run from the first Matchday was also an unprecedented series. For his part, the Gabonese is mainly focused on keeping up with Lewandowski rather than catching Gerd Müller. “Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world at the moment. I'm trying to do better than him, but I can only try”, he said after scoring a hat-trick against FC Augsburg on Matchday 10.
His modesty aside, Aubameyang must surely rank alongside Lewandowski as one of the best goalscorers in world football – in terms of current form at least. If either of them are able to break Müller's record, it is fair to assume they will also go down among the best in Bundesliga history.