Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller has been voted TAG Heuer's Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for October!
Haller's path into the Bundesliga was a unique one to say the least. The Paris-born striker joined AJ Auxerre at the age of 13 and made his senior debut in the second division five years later. However, Haller did not make his breakthrough as a professional until moving to Dutch side FC Utrecht in January 2015. The powerfully-built striker scored goals for fun there, even if his eye for goal is only one facet of his game.
"I always want to score goals, but I'm a team player first and foremost," said Haller. He demonstrated as much in his first few Bundesliga outings: no other player in the league contested as many challenges (201). He won just over half, an impressive return for a striker.
Haller scored two goals and assisted one in two of three games played in October, against Hannover and Borussia Dortmund. His goal on the road against newly promoted Hannover displayed a softer side of his usual ability of power and acrobatics.
This time, having been played in behind the opposition defence, Haller delicately chipped the ball over the oncoming Philipp Tschauner with perfect placement and timing. More proof that Haller has been, and now must be considered, one of the best complete forwards in the league.
Watch: check out Haller's strike in Frankfurt's 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund!
The Frenchman beat Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) and Ihlas Bebou (Hannover 96) to the prize after the trio were shortlisted by Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthäus for their eye-catching performances in the month of October.