Ozan Kabak: Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Season for 2018/19
Ozan Kabak was voted your Bundesliga Rookie of the Season. The centre-back - then of VfB Stuttgart - finished ahead of Evan Ndicka, Matheus Pereira, Achraf Hakimi, Dodi Lukebakio, Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Gonzalez.
The Bundesliga Rookie Award will once again be a feature of the 2019/20 season in Germany's top flight, the league with the youngest average age across Europe's top divisions. Alongside votes from fans, this year - for the first time - clubs and Bundesliga pundits will also have their say in the Rookie of the Month prize, with the weighting of votes split in three: fans 40%, clubs 30%, pundits 30%.
Each month, three Rookies are nominated for the award based on their performance data, which will be derived from their points tally accumulated every month in official Bundesliga Fantasy Manager. The Rookies with the greatest number of points will be nominated and fans can subsequently vote for their favourite here.
Specific criteria must be met in order for a player to qualify as a Rookie. He must be younger than 23 on Matchday 1 of the new season and he cannot have started a Bundesliga match in any previous campaign. Furthermore, players can have accumulated no more than 450 minutes of action before the start of the current Bundesliga season. Thereby, youngsters who have only made brief appearances in their careers so far and who have not yet had the chance to showcase their talents, still have the opportunity to be named Rookie of the Month.
This season, the monthly winners will also receive one of the coveted Bundesliga trophies for the first time. And, unlike in previous years, the Rookies will also be able to defend their crown the next month. At the end of the campaign, a Rookie of the Season will be voted for from the selection of monthly winners.