It is Christmas come early for German football fans as bundesliga.com looks back at some of the best strikers of the Hinrunde, the first half of the season. After you have seen our selection, tell us who you think the best striker has been in the 2015/16 campaign to date via our Twitter account: @Bundesliga_EN #BL2015
Topping the scoring charts with 18 goals at the halfway mark, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the outstanding striker of the first 17 games of the season. The Gabon international scored in each of the first eight games of the campaign - setting a new record - and has thrived since Thomas Tuchel's summer arrival, reaping the rewards of the new coach's patient attacking build-up play and his own hard work on his finishing. Indeed, perhaps most impressively, Aubameyang has scored all types of goals, from headers to half-volleys, and most memorably the decisive third for his side against FC Schalke 04 in the Revierderby, showcasing his development into one of the world's most complete, and feared, frontmen.
Before joining FC Bayern München from Dortmund in summer 2014, Robert Lewandowski was already one of the world's most feared strikers. Since arriving at Germany's record champions and working with Pep Guardiola, however, the Pole has taken his game to another level. While a total of 17 goals in his first season in Munich was acceptable enough, a blistering first half of 2015/16 means Lewandowski is already only two goals behind last term's return. Five of those strikes came in a memorable nine-minute spell against VfL Wolfsburg, while the 27-year-old, whose exploits also inspired his nation to automatic qualification for UEFA EURO 2016, has found the net a further seven times in the UEFA Champions League.
Enjoy highlights of Lewandowski's five-goal salvo against the Wolves below:
While Lewandowski's displays have time and again stolen the headlines, Thomas Müller, as is his wont, has slipped under the radar. The 26-year-old's 14 goals this term mean he has already bettered his totals in each of the last three Bundesliga seasons, while he also ended Germany's successful UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign with nine goals - third only to Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the scoring charts. Müller has also featured in every game in the Hinrunde, with three assists only serving to underline his overall contribution to the cause.
Enjoy Thomas Müller's top five Bundesliga goals below:
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
What more is there to be said about Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez? Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Mexican superstar has taken the Bundesliga by storm since his arrival from Manchester United FC at the end of August, breaking records galore - and all the while with an infectious smile on his face. Since his first goal in the top flight against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 6, Hernandez has not stopped scoring and has netted a brace in each of the competitions he has featured in, a run which recently culminated in him scoring a maiden hat-trick in European football with three stunning efforts against Borussia Mönchengladbach. He also finished the year with a goal at FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 17, making it 19 in his last 21 in all competitions.