So, who will it be for the Bundesliga Rookie Award by TAG Heuer for September? Borussia Dortmund's Dan-Axel Zagadou, RB Leipzig's Jean-Kevin Augustin or Eintracht Frankfurt's Seabstien Haller?
Allow bundesliga.com to introduce the candidates...
Received wisdom states that good footballers can adapt to conditions anywhere – and Dan-Axel Zagadou is living proof that this is true. The 18-year-old arrived at Borussia Dortmund from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer having failed to make a single Ligue 1 appearance. Although ostensibly a centre-back, injuries caused coach Peter Bosz to throw him in at the deep end as a left-back. Zagadou passed the test with flying colours and played in each of BVB's first six Bundesliga matches, including four in the starting line-up. Not bad considering he is the fourth youngest player in Germany's top flight this season.
Although Jean-Kevin Augustin arrived at RB Leipzig from serial French champions Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored twice in 23 Ligue 1 appearances, he was still a largely unknown figure in Germany. "He's perfectly suited to our style of play," said Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl upon the 20-year-old's arrival. Going by the evidence so far in 2017/18, he was spot on, and Leipzig are unbeaten in games in which Augustin has started (three wins, one draw). The fleet-footed attacker caught the eye with his maiden Bundesliga goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 4, and added his second on Matchday 6 against Eintracht Frankfurt. Having missed out on Matchday 5 with a knock, Augustin's return in September was two goals in three games.
Sebastien Haller's path into the Bundesliga was an unusual one. 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, the powerfully-built forward did not make his breakthrough as a professional until moving to Dutch side FC Utrecht in January 2015. He 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.