The 2015/16 Bundesliga Hinrunde will go down as one of the greatest of all time. And there's no doubt it has been a great first half of the season for Borussia Dortmund defensive midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, too, who made the Team of the Hinrunde, as voted for by our Twitter followers.
The Germany star was the clear favourite of voters in both the @Bundesliga_EN and @bundesliga_de polls, the former 1. FC Nürnberg player picking up 14,747 votes in total. Gündogan gained 55 per cent in the @Bundesliga_EN vote and 36 per cent among voters on @bundesliga_de to secure his position in our Team of the Hinrunde.
Little wonder, given that he has excelled in all 17 of Dortmund's Bundesliga fixtures so far this term, providing the much-needed link between the defence and an attack that netted a league-high 47 Hinrunde goals.
Remember: The winner is the man who picks up the most votes from both the @Bundesliga_EN and @bundesliga_de polls combined.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
- Gündogan has once again established himself as Borussia Dortmund’s heartbeat and is averaging 101 touches per game.
- Boasts the highest tally of touches of any Bundesliga player with 1,394.
- The German international’s previous back problems are hardly hindering him: he has won 56 per cent of his challenges.
- Has completed 67 per cent of his dribbles.