Updated: Jun 4, 2020
Bundesliga kicks-off again this weekend after over two months off, albeit playing in empty stadiums around Germany. As traders excitement grows, we thought we'd bring you our top picks in each Bundesliga side to keep an eye out for on Football Index.
Note - these aren't our favourite players, or even our views on the best players in the league. These are players that we think are best value for money right now on the index. Like any prospective investment, treat this as a tool to incorporate within your own research. Never invest solely on the basis of somebody else's opinion. Your money. Your risk. Your reward.
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FC Augsburg | Philipp Max (£1.23)
Honourable mention: Florian Neiderlechner (£0.71).
FC Augsburg have a relatively friendly few fixtures to return to. Philipp Max, a 26 year old left-back with 7 goals and 5 assists to his name this term, poses a great threat on the offensive end whilst a friendly fixture list could see Augsburg scrape a clean sheet or two. PB potential as a defender is therefore on the cards. An honourable mention goes to Florian Neiderlechner, who's posted 11 goals, 8 assists and 26 key passes in 25 games. He's also 4th in most ground covered this season, demonstrating his work ethic as a trojan for Augsburg. Playing a few weaker defences in coming weeks could see an attractive PB posted for a player of his value.
Bayer Leverkusen | Moussa Diaby (£2.38)
Honourable mention: Kevin Volland (£1.17)
Moussa Diaby is a quickfooted winger who's rising rapidly in fans estimations. The 20 year old Frenchman came from PSG last summer and struggled for minutes at the start of the season. He's since posted 4 goals and 3 assists in 19 appearances, though has only been in the starting XI for 11 games, suggesting he's yet to establish any rhythm. At £2.37, Diaby offers an opportunity to traders who invest in young attacking players - he'll certainly be on the radar of more traders after these Bundesliga fixtures. An honourable mention goes to Kevin Volland, who'll be using this opportunity as a platform to show-off what he could offer prospective clubs that he's involved in transfer rumours with, including Arsenal.
Bayern München | Thiago Alcantára (£2.62)
Honourable mention: Leon Goretzka (£1.60)
It would be easy to think Bayern's goal-machine Lewandowski or wonderkid left-back Alphonso Davies would take the top spot on our list, or perhaps even Tottenham-conquerer Serge Gnabry. However, the exposure they've already amassed has given them a pretty reasonable value; they're not exactly a bargain at this point when compared to their teammates. Thiago boasts a PB average of 204/90 mins over the last 6 months with only 3 goals and 0 assists in Bundesliga. If he chips in with goal involvements in the coming fixtures, he could be posting 200+ and taking home the Top Midfield Dividends. At £2.64 and 29 years old, he looks fantastic value for a player with such an established skill base and PB history. An honourable mention goes to Leon Goretzka, who's involved in a goal every 106 mins in the league as a central midfielder, despite only starting a third of the fixtures this season. Regular minutes could see the German rise from a tepid £1.58.
Borussia Dortmund | Erling Braut Håland (£7.63)
Honourable mention: Emre Can (£0.97)
Yes. We know. We didn't write Jadon Sancho. The King of The Index is too obvious, and being the most expensive player doesn't justify being in our list of best buys. However, his young teammate from Norway is still an affordable investment to a new trader at just 55% of Sancho's cost. Håland is a not exactly a gamble in terms of ability, rather longevity. He scored 11 goals in 13 shots, in 440 minutes, after his arrival in January. Truly trailblazing stats. He cooled off before Pandemic measures were taken, but even so, he still has 11 Bundesliga goal involvements in 8 appearances, some of which were sensational. If he can sustain anywhere near that number next season he'll be a leading candidate for the Golden Boot regardless of which league. At 19 years old, he's burst onto the scene and justifies the price tag. He still has acres of growing room on the index. An honourable mention here goes to Emre Can. Not your expected candidate, however, Can has bags of ability and sits below £1. He plays a pivotal role in this exciting Dortmund team, and is plenty familiar with English football fans. We may see growth over the next few weeks.
Borussia Mönchengladbach | Marcus Thuram (£2.12)
Son of a legend, Lilian, Marcus Thuram is starting to gain some traction on the index. The 22 year old forward is imposing and athletic, yet offers creativity and technical ability through the wings. At nearly 6''4, Thuram has tallied 6 goals and 8 assists for Mönchengladbach, helping them climb to 4th in the league thus far. At £2.12, an athletic forward that can both create and finish chances at the age of 22 is very attractive. Certainly a player to keep a tab on in coming matches.
Eintracht Frankfurt | Andre Silva (£1.00)
Honourable Mention: Filip Kostic (£2.45)
Andre Silva is an interesting player that we've previously shared thoughts on. Portugal have recently used him as one of their preferred forwards in the national team, and he was expected to play in the Euros until the pandemic struck. For Portugal, he's played 34 and scored 15. But his stats so far in the Bundesliga have been Luke-warm; featuring in less than half of the league minutes this season, he's posted 4 goals and 3 assists. However, this is another opportunity to catch the eye of scouts tuning in. At 24, he's still young, and Portugal haven't got masses of options in terms of out-and-out strikers. If Andre Silva can post a couple of decent performances in a mediocre Frankfurt side, there's a good chance he'll find himself excelling when surrounded by the creative stars Portugal hoard in their National Team. At £1.00 he looks good value when compared to his marginally older, marginally more expensive, yet less experienced compatriot Goncalo Paciencia who also plays up tops at the club. An honourable mention to Filip Kostic is due. The 27 year old Serbian has posted highly respectable stats but is valued £2.45, not quite so much growing room in our own opinion.
Fortuna Düsseldorf | Dawid Kownacki (£0.60).
No disrespect to Düsseldorf, or The Index, but the club have 30 players listed on The Football Stockmarket - all of which under £1.00 and far from attractive investments. That said, a lack of flattering prices does indicate an opportunity for traders to perhaps take a punt at their best talents in hope of a refreshing style of play increasing their value. Kownacki is our best value-for-money proposal. Having made his move to Düsseldorf permanent this January, for a fee of around £6.5M, the 23 year old is the favoured man to lead their attack. The Polish international was once considered a proficient finisher, netting 15 goals in 22 games for Poland U21. However, he's yet to score in 18 appearances this season in the Bundesliga. At £0.60 with no goals to his name, surely the only way is up?
SC Freiburg | Robin Koch (£0.80)
Koch has been a solid anchor for Freiburg this season. The 23 year old leads the Bundesliga in Aerial Duels, whilst his passing has been praised as he's shifted from centre back to a holding midfielder throughout the season. Imposing, skilled, mobile and disciplined. He made his German Debut last year and has been rumoured to various PL sides over the course of the season. Though defenders aren't as lucrative, £0.80 looks great value for a prospective elite, especially one so successful in aerial duels (headed-goal threat).
Hertha BSC | Matheus Cunha (£1.63)
Honourable mention: Niklas Stark (£0.42)
Matheus Cunha made a move from RB Leipzig at the end of January, after struggling to establish regular minutes in the formidable Leipzig attacking lineup. The Brazilian scored April 2019's goal of the month, a flash of brilliance that one year on still indicates just how classy the forward can be. Only 20 years old, Cunha has a long way ahead but certainly looks to be gradually fulfilling his potential. The move to Hertha to play regular minutes is one that should treat him well as the Berlin side looks to rebuild for coming seasons. Cunha has 8 goals in 10 appearances for Brazil U23, whilst he's been involved in 3 goals in his 4 appearances at Hertha. £1.63 looks cracking value if he can continue where he left off at his new club. An honourable mention to another German International who debuted earlier this season, Niklas Stark. The long and lean defender has been respected in German Football for several years. Now 25 years old, Stark has potential to lead his Hertha team through their rebuild and represent Germany as they replace their veteran centre halves. 42 pence is cheapest on our list - he could be a particularly cheap investment should he ever win any matchday dividends.
TSG Hoffenheim | Robert Skov (£2.09)
A very attacking full-back, historically a winger, emerging as a huge talent with less hype than Bayern's Alphonso Davies. Skov has posted a PB Max 287 this season. Last season he was playing in his native Denmark for Copenhagen as a Right Winger, netting a ridiculous 24 goals (8 free kicks) and 6 assists in 26 league appearances. He's netted 3 times and assisted 4 in 22 Bundesliga appearances this season - one of which was November's Goal of the Month. To call him a threat from set-pieces is almost insulting, in fact, a free-kick specialist is bridging on an understatement. Another consideration is that, let's be honest now, Hoffenheim are far from reaching the talents of Europe's elite, so these numbers are more than respectable for a defender in his first Bundesliga season. Plenty of other clubs could come nosing around should the 24 year old continue developing at this rate.
FC Köln | Bornauw (£1.12)
Köln aren't exactly the most glamorous of football clubs, but the mid-table side have impressed this season and have a couple of decent talents worth taking a look at. One such talent is Sebastiaan Bornauw, a 21 year old central defender. The Belgian has found the net 5 times in 21 appearances, impressing in his first season in Germany following a move from his Anderlecht last summer. A goal-scoring defender can occasionally pip matchday dividends, but Cologne have a lot to do before that happens. This looks a much better long-term hold than a dividend returner during this period of Bundesliga football.
RB Leipzig | Christopher Nkunku (£3.31)
Honourable Mentions: Patrick Schik (£1.59), Youssuf Poulsen (£0.90)
Nkunku has registered 12 assists, 65 Key passes and 4 goals in just 23 appearances this season. He's only started 15 matches and has been involved 30% of RB Leipzig Goals in the league this season. At 22 years old, the attacking midfielder developed at PSG and arrived at Leipzig last summer despite PL sides showing interest. Posting BIG numbers this season, Nkunku has risen to £3.31 for obvious reasons, but looks as though he has plenty left to offer. Patrik Schick gets an honourable mention; 7 goals and 2 assists in 10 starts. As Werner looks all but certain to be leaving, RB Leipzig will do what they can to retain Schick as his loan spell comes to an end this summer... though they may face heavy competition. A second honourable mention (if that's allowed?) goes to Yussuf Poulsen, a Danish forward who's tenacity and work ethic has kept him in an otherwise youthful star-studded matchday squad. At £0.92, he's battling for minutes with Werner and Schick. However, he's a versatile veteran for Leipzig at the age of 25, and could be crucial for them should they lose their strikers at the end of the season. He needs more minutes and has plenty of room to increase in value should he find the net a few more times this season.
Mainz 05 | Robin Quaison (£1.16).
Quaison is going about his business with absolutely no media attention. He sits on 12 goals in 24 games, 4th Top Scorer in the Bundesliga this season behind Lewandowski, Werner and Sancho (who's scored 14 this term). There's a long list of players right behind the Swede, but you can't help but think that the forward is not exactly surrounded by a star studded squad. Nor is he 'past his best'. Should he still be 4th best scorer at the end of the season, a couple of bigger clubs could come sniffing around. His PB is far from attractive right now, but the opportunity to land in third on the goldenboot podium is a statement that could launch a move to a bigger club.
SC Paderborn | Kai Proger (£0.55)
For those that aren't familiar with Paderborn, don't worry. They won't be in the Bundesliga for much longer. All jokes aside, there may be a couple of players who don't go down with the struggling club. Kai Proger is their most consistent creator. He's contributed 7 assists and a couple of goals this term. Given they've only scored 30 all season, this is a decent stat. Only 14 Paderborn players are available on the Index, and Proger offers the best value for money, posting a PB max of 227 this season. However, investing in any side that is all-but-certain to be regulated out of PB eligibility is rogue, let alone on a 28 year old with no transfer rumours emerging and a 60% passing accuracy in his own half. We had to name someone for this article though.
Schalke 04 | Suat Serdar (£1.50)
Honourable Mention: Rabbi Matondo (£1.35)
Schalke have a plethora of youthful talents in their first team helping them to 6th place in the league. We've given the nod to Suat Serdar as our best-buy. The 23 year old central midfielder is having his breakout season, netting 7 times in 18 appearances whilst also earning his first Cap for Germany last October. He's a fantastic all-rounder that certainly is establishing himself as one to watch. £1.50 for a young German International midfielder is a price worth considering - no doubt he'll be on plenty of watchlists in coming weeks. An honourable mention goes to Rabbi Matondo, the 19 year old Welshman who bravely left Man City last year to pursue development in Germany for an apparent fee of around £8M. He's incredibly quick, best described as a 'raw talent'. Certainly another to watch when he gets minutes.
Union Berlin | Marcus Ingvartsen (£0.48)
Union Berlin do not offer many impressive star players, nor opportune investments. However, Marcus Ingvartsen would be our suggestion to keep peripherals on. The 24 year old left Genk last year alongside the likes of Sander Berge and Leondro Trossard who too have departed for bigger and better things. This term he's only scored 4 and assisted twice playing as a second striker, but he's got the opportunity to try and establish a few better performances under his belt before the end of his first season in Germany.
Werder Bremen | Milot Rashica (£2.41)
Milot Rashica on paper isn't particularly great value. However, the added transfer speculation surrounding a move to the premier league, namely to Liverpool, has seen his value triple since this time last year. A decent set of stats in Bundesliga in a relegation side is no clear winner - but Werder Bremen will almost certainly take a financial injection by offloading their star player this season should they be relegated. Rashica is still clearly developing and makes a decent prospect should he arrive at a more successful side. In a poor squad, he's contributed 7 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances this term. With a PB max of 223, he's yet to earn any dividend winnings - but a good few performances in the next month or so could fuel transfer speculation to add to his value.
VfL Wolfsburg | Josip Brekalo (£1.77)
Honourable mention: Xaver Schlager (£0.96)
Wolfsburg sit in 7th approaching the return of the Bundesliga season. It's difficult to foresee which of their players offer good value for money - we've settled for Josip Brekalo on the basis of a long-term investment. The Croatian winger isn't setting the world alight this season, but at 21 years old with both Bundesliga and International experience, he's got potential to land a relatively big transfer in years to come should he develop as anticipated. Add to the mixer the fact he's represented by LIAN, super-agency of Sané, Pjanic, Koulibaly, Jovic - you could foresee a decent move for the youngster in a couple of years time. An honourable mention to Xaver Schlager, the highly-rated 22 year old Austrian midfielder who joined last summer from RB Salzburg. His former club has notably produced Håland and Minamino this season, so who knows who else was under their bonnet during this period.
BONUS | Bundesliga Wild Cards:
1. Jann-Fiete Arp, Bayern Munich, 19 | £1.60. Any first team minutes at this stage will surely see the youngster rise into the Top 200. Zirkzee valued £1 more expensive indicates peaks that can be reached.
2. Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen, 20 | £5.30. Wonderkid linked to a move to Bayern amongst other superclubs. Highly valued already, one stand-out performance could provide more momentum in his highly speculated future.
3. Jonjoe Kenny, Schalke 04, 23 | £0.73. One of few Englishman with regular minutes in Bundesliga this season. The Everton loanee has a chance to shine in front of English traders. Check out our article on him here https://www.theindexgurus.com/post/eyes-on-sancho-peripherals-on-kenny
4. Philippe Coutinho, Bayern Munich, 27 | £3.26 The following fixtures will act as a shop-window for the Brazilian. All eyes turn to Germany as the only top league to resume. If Coutinho shines, he will find himself in the media surrounding speculation as to where the superstar's future lies - surely enhancing his value on the Index.
5. Nico Elvedi, Borussia Mönchengladbach, 23 | £1.19. He has the most interceptions in Bundesliga this season and is quickly becoming a highly respected centre-back at a young age. A few clubs have reported interests - another shop-window opportunity should the Swiss youngster wish for a move away from Mönchengladbach. Not lucrative, but any league-leader at 23 will draw attention and could open up transfer speculation.
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