So, who will it be for the Bundesliga Rookie Award by TAG Heuer for November? Wolfsburg's Divock Origi, Hamburg's Jann-Fiete Arp or Eintracht Frankfurt's Jetro Willems? Allow bundesliga.com to introduce the candidates... Click here to vote for your Bundesliga Rookie Award by TAG Heuer for November!
Divock Origi(VfL Wolfsburg)
The Belgian’s best performance to date in a Wolfsburg shirt came in their 3-3 draw with Hertha Berlin. The 22-year-old assisted Yunus Malli to bring the scores level at 1-1 before putting the Wolves 3-2 ahead himself. It was the first time the Liverpool-loanee has been involved in two goals in a Bundesliga game, but Origi had already shown in previous performances that he is more than a useful addition to the 2009 Bundesliga champions. With four goals to his name already this season, he is the Wolves’ top goalscorer and impressively averages a goal every six shots. The Belgium international was given time to shine in attack particularly during Mario Gomez’s injury absence. Origi has since been moved out to the right wing to accommodate the returning Germany international, but continues to put in eye-catching performances. “Divock is showing that he’s truly settled in the Bundesliga – his goals so far have shown that. He could easily reach double figures by the end of the season,” said Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt.
Watch: Wolfsburg's attacking all-rounder Divock Origi
Origi showed from a young age that he had a great career ahead of him with the ball at his feet. He made his professional debut at the age of 18 with Lille in the French league, and after 89 competitive appearances and 16 goals made the move to the English Premier League with Liverpool, where he has scored 21 times in 77 first-team games. As a teenager he shone at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he scored and assisted from the bench in two group games. Both of those goals turned out to be the winner and earned him a starting place in both the round of 16 and quarter-final for the Red Devils. As a wide man in Wolfsburg he has shown previously unknown qualities. He covered over 10 kilometres in each of his last three games, as well as completing 87 per cent of his passing – both outstanding values for a player who is naturally a centre forward.
Jann-Fiete Arp(Hamburger SV)
At 17 years of age, Jann-Fiete Arp is still not old enough to drive himself to training, but the young striker is more than at the races on the football pitch – performances that have written his name in the Bundesliga record books. He made history simply by coming onto the pitch against Werder Bremen on Matchday 7 to become the first player born this millennium to appear in the Bundesliga. At the end of October, he scored his first goal with his first shot in the league against Hertha, making him Hamburg’s youngest ever goalscorer. “We know that Fiete is a huge talent and amazingly mature for his age,” said HSV sporting director Jens Todt of the home-grown talent.
Watch: Hamburg's teenage whizz-kid Jann-Fiete Arp
The youngster is in fact yet to sign a professional contract, instead preferring to concentrate on his schoolwork and his leavers exams in the new year. Nevertheless, he has played every minute of action in November. He netted his second Bundesliga goal against Stuttgart to become the third-youngest player to reach that mark after Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner. He needed just 125 minutes for his two goals – even Hamburg legend Uwe Seeler took 197 minutes to net his second. Only Filip Kostic (11) had more attempts on goal for HSV in November than Arp (7), and he won 44 per cent of his challenges against players much beyond his years. It’s a monumental effort, but the teenager is eager to give his all for the Bundesliga’s only ever-present club: “Hamburg is my city, HSV is my club. I’m a fan and I’m living my dream.”
Jetro Willems(Eintracht Frankfurt)
Frankfurt’s new left-back is already an old hand on the pitch despite being just 23 years old. The Curacao-born Netherlands international had already played 144 Dutch Eredivisie matches, seven in the UEFA Champions League and 22 in the Europa League for PSV Eindhoven before his move to Frankfurt. The two-time Dutch champion has also made quite an impression on the international stage. He made his first senior start for the Netherlands at EURO 2012 the age of just 18, becoming the youngest player ever at the the European Championship and the fourth-youngest player for the Oranje.
Watch: Frankfurt's creative king Jetro Willems
The 2011 European U-17 champion arrived at Eintracht with plenty of praise for past performances, and the 23-year-old has certainly lived up to those high expectations at the Commerzbank-Arena. A set-piece specialist, he has already assisted 32 shots on goal for the Eagles, which is more than anyone else at the club. Nine of those came in three games in November alone. Seven of his 28 set pieces have led to attempts on goal in those three matches. However, his biggest strength remains his dribbling. The Dutchman beat his man with seven of his 12 attempted runs in November, yet both he and his coach Niko Kovac still see room for improvement in his game. The full-back explained what his boss had to say about him in their first meeting: “You’re the best player on the ball, but off it and in defence you still have a lot of work to do. He gave examples of that and was absolutely right.”