Bundesliga

Who has the most goals + assists in the Bundesliga in 2019/20?

With the German top flight set to recommence this weekend, we look at the players who help ensure the ball hits the back of the net

 
6:00pm on Friday 15th May 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Finally!

One of the elite leagues in Europe is set to return this weekend and the Bundesliga is likely to be the centre of the sporting world.

Bayern lead the way ahead of Dortmund by four points, with the championship race still very much alive. Here, we'll look at the players in the German top flight who have contributed to the most goals for their team so far.

Goals + Assists

#PlayerTeamGoalsAssistsTotal
1Jadon SanchoDortmund141529
2Robert LewandowskiBayern25328
3Timo WernerRB Leipzig21728
4Thomas MullerBayern61622
5Serge GnabryBayern11920

Jadon Sancho's transcendent form for Dortmund has seen him score 14 goals and create another 15 for a total of 29 goal contributions. The Englishman has enjoyed a breakout season, and in a normal summer would be courting a nine-figure fee from the likes of Manchester United.

Bayern Munich dominate the list with three entries; Robert Lewandowski (28), Thomas Muller (22), and Serge Gnabry (20). The Pole has scored 25 goals this season and only trails Ciro Immobile of Lazio in the hunt for the European Golden Shoe. Team-mate Muller who has recorded the most assists with 16, one ahead of Sancho, and only Kevin De Bruyne has produced more in Europe's major leagues.

However, in terms of the biggest contribution to a single team, Timo Werner is the most effective from our top five as he has played a direct role in 45% of RB Leipzig's 62 goals.

Goal Contributions P90

#PlayerTeamMinutesG + AGoal contribution P90
1Jadon SanchoDortmund1807291.44
2Thomas MullerBayern1558221.27
3Robert LewandowskiBayern2041281.23
3=Timo WernerRB Leipzig2051281.23
5Serge GnabryBayern1619201.21

Sancho once again leads the way in the rankings when we look at goal contribution P90, once again showing his quality, with Muller, having spent a spell earlier in the season out of favour, in second place, showcasing his spectacular return to form. Werner and Lewandowski both have a total of 1.23, clearly the most potent centre-forwards in the division. Gnabry appears in fifth spot.

Expected Goals + Expected Assists

#PlayerTeamxGxAxG + xA
1Robert LewandowskiBayern23.76.830.5
2Timo WernerRB Leipzig18.57.225.7
3Serge GnabryBayern11.610.722.3
4Thomas MullerBayern6.712.118.8
5Alassane PleaGladbach11718

Looking at expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA), we can see how many contributions each player would reasonably have been expected to acquire given the chances they had themselves, and the chances they created.

Lewandowski leads the way with a combined xG and xA of 30.5, and he is actually underperforming his xA of 6.8, having collected just three assists throughout the season. Had his team-mates been a little more ruthless in finishing the chances he created, his numbers would be even better. Despite all that, Lewandowski is still not only the highest in the Bundesliga, he is highest in Europe's top five leagues.

The usual suspects of Werner, Gnabry, and Muller make up the next three spots, but the last entry is a new one, in the form of Alassane Plea of Borussia Monchengladbach.

Gladbach are only six points adrift of Bayern in the title race, and could catapult themselves into contention should results go their way quickly. They are largely in the lofty heights of fourth due to the goal contributions of Plea, who has scored eight and assisted seven for a combined contribution of 15.

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