OUSMANE DEMBÉLÉ IS ROOKIE OF THE SEASON

The Borussia Dortmund starlet prevailed against his competitors. After winning the February Rookie of the Month award, he has now also won the overall vote. We congratulate Ousmane Dembélé on being voted the Bundesliga ROOKIE OF THE SEASON! 

ROOKIE VOTING
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SEASON 2016/17
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  • Nabil
    Bentaleb

  • Ousmane
    Dembélé

  • Riechedly
    Bazoer

  • Caglar
    Söyüncü

  • Jordan
    Torunarigha

Nabil Bentaleb

Nabil
Bentaleb

Midfielder

FC Schalke 04

Birthday: 24.11.1994
Height: 1,87 m
Weight: 78 kg
Nationality: Algerian
Place of birth: France
Ousmane Dembélé

Ousmane
Dembélé

Striker

Borussia Dortmund

Birthday: 05.05.1997
Height: 1,78 m
Weight: 67 kg
Nationality: French
Place of birth: France
Riechedly Bazoer

Riechedly
Bazoer

Midfielder

VfL Wolfsburg

Birthday: 12.10.1996
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 81 kg
Nationality: Dutch
Place of birth: Netherlands
Caglar Söyüncü

Caglar
Söyüncü

Defender

Sport-Club Freiburg

Birthday: 23.05.1996
Height: 1,87 m
Weight: 84 kg
Nationality: Turkish
Place of birth: Turkey
Jordan Torunarigha

Jordan
Torunarigha

Defender

Hertha BSC

Birthday: 07.08.1997
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Nationality: German
Place of birth: Germany

Nabil Bentaleb thinks about football 24/7 – so says the man himself: “I’m obsessed with football!” he beams. Football makes the Algeria midfielder tick. Bentaleb looks for possession, distributes quickly, and makes the ball his own. As a short-term loannee from Tottenham Hotspur FC to FC Schalke 04, the move was a real challenge for Bentaleb at first: new players, a new environment, a new league. Against Hoffenheim on Matchday 5 he was culpable as Schalke conceded twice to sink to their fifth consecutive loss. Bentaleb, however, recovered quickly and became a poster boy for Schalke’s recent resurgence.

I'm obsessed with football

The 22-year-old already has a depth of experience. He braved a move from France to England when still in his youth, eventually breaking into Tottenham’s first team. His style combines the requisite steel and strength with sharp technique. The midfielder also has an eye for goal, with his brace against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 8 a particular stand-out. With four goals already to his name – as well as a pass completion percentage of 78 per cent – a Schalke line-up without Bentaleb in it already seems unfathomable, after only half a season.

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Statistics
Data based on matchdays 1-16 in season 16/17
  • 16 Matches played
  • 1242 Total time played
  • 4 Goals
  • 78,1 Successful passes (%)
  • 62,8 Successful aerial challenges (%)

What a month Ousmane Dembele had in February. The 19-year-old played in all four of BVB's Bundesliga matches, starting three of them, and with every passing week it becomes increasingly apparent that Borussia Dortmund have unearthed another gem. The French starlet, who was a candidate for Rookie of the first leg, thoroughly deserves his nomination. After all, the only game Dortmund lost in February – away to Darmstadt – was without Dembele in the starting line-up. It is surely no coincidence that Thomas Tuchel's men won their other three matches with a combined scoreline of 7-0. Special mention must go to his performance and spectacular assist in the 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

I've developed physically and tactically

Quick, agile and almost impossible to stop once he gets dribbling, Dembele showcased his full repertoire against the high-flying promoted side. "Under Thomas Tuchel I've developed both physically and tactically," the teenager said. In the 35th minute skipped his way through the Leipzig defence to tee up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the only goal of the game. It was his eighth assist of the season, and sixth for Aubameyang alone; no goal is safe when the youngster has the ball.

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Statistics
Data based on matchdays 19-22 in season 16/17
  • 87,5 Successful Crosses (%)
  • 4 Matches played
  • 47,7 Tackles won (%)
  • 1 Goals
  • 32,79 Maximum speed (Ø km/h)

VfL Wolfsburg secured the services of the 20-year-old during the winter break to add a real rough diamond to their collection. Despite numerous offers from other clubs, Bazoer chose the Volkswagen Arena in the Bundesliga as his preferred destination. He describes himself as a “classic box-to-box player.” He has now begun to find his feet with the Wolves following the coaching change from Valerian Ismael to Andries Jonker. Under his fellow Dutchman, he started all three games in March and repaid his coach’s faith in him.

I’m a box-to-box player

Bazoer covered an impressive 11 kilometres per match in the 1-1 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05, the 1-0 win at RB Leipzig and at home to SV Darmstadt 98. The central midfielder has also shown his desire to get forward in these games, taking on five shots himself, which is almost as many as striker Mario Gomez. The Netherlands international made his breakthrough in March and is a lucky charm for the Wolves, having not yet lost with him on the pitch. A record of three wins, one draw and just two goals conceded speaks for itself.

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Statistics
Data based on matchdays 23-25 in season 16/17
  • 3 Matches played from start
  • 75% Successful passes
  • 242 Total time played

Caglar who? That was the question on many a pair of lips when Freiburg unveiled the 20-year-old Turkey international as one of their own in the summer. Now they know. Since swapping Turkey’s second division for the sun of Breisgau, Söyüncü has gone from strength to strength. He is Freiburg’s most successful player in the challenge, and one of the current Bundesliga campaign’s best tacklers.

I’m surprised by the praise

Söyüncü’s performances in April highlight his blossoming qualities. He started five of Freiburg’ six games, winning an impressive 85 percent of his attempted challenges in the 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 30 alone. The resultant praise has nevertheless come as something of a shock to the system. “I’m surprised by the praise I’m getting here,” he explained. “If I get a moment to myself at home and think about it, it makes be proud. The Bundesliga was always a big dream of mine.” Söyüncü has realised his dream; his nomination for the April Rookie of the Month award is just reward for his hard work.

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Statistics
Data based on matchdays 26-31 in season 16/17
  • 32,41 km/h Ø max. speed
  • 71,19 % successful passes
  • 0 yellow or red cards

The 19-year-old defender has already been with Hertha Berlin for ten years and is a true home-grown talent. He made his Bundesliga debut on February 4 as a substitute against Ingolstadt. Torunarigha, who can play at both centre-back and full-back, made his first start in the league in early-April, and did not take long to leave a lasting impression. Just seconds into the game he made a spectacular block to deny Mönchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard and prevent an early setback for his side. The 1.89-metre-tall left-footer has become a first-team regular in May, playing every minute in the month. He has been especially convincing in his tackling, winning a good 70 per cent of all challenges on both Matchday 32 and 33.

Must keep working hard

As well as his strengths up against opponent players, he also showed his attacking qualities in the air during the game at Darmstadt on Matchday 33. The man from Chemnitz was on hand to power the ball home from eight yards out following a Marvin Plattenhardt free-kick. The fact that the pacey Torunarigha scored so quickly in his Bundesliga career is no surprise considering he was a striker until being converted into a defender at U15 level. The youngster names Bayern and former Hertha defender Jerome Boateng as his role model. “You have to learn from the best, so I try to watch as much as I can. But I still have a lot of hard work to do,” the defender explained. That hard work has paid off in May and ensured Torunarigha had an impressive end to the Bundesliga campaign.

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Statistics
Data based on matchdays 32-34 in season 16/17
  • 33,8 Max. speed (km/h)
  • 3 matches played over 90 minutes
  • 76,02% successful passes
  • 0 cards

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  1. The Rookie award is a prize for the Bundesliga’s stars of tomorrow. Eligibility for Rookie awards is based on two simple criteria: Qualifying players must be 21 years of age or younger at the start of the season, and they must not have played in the Bundesliga in any previous season.
  2. In order to make the choice as objective as possible, the performances of all qualifying Rookies are compared each month using official match data. Based on this data, three top Rookies from three different clubs will be nominated and presented here. After that, it’s up to you – vote for your favorite!
  3. In this first vote, you have the chance to choose the Rookie of the first leg -- the “Hinrunde”-- of the 2016/17 season. In each of the following four months (February to May), three talents per month will be nominated as finalists for Rookie of the Month. At the end of the season, there will be one final vote to determine the first-ever Rookie of the Season.
  4. Each month’s voting will begin during the first days of the following months, usually on the second Tuesday. For example, the vote for the February 2017 Rookie of the Month should begin on or around March 14th. Once voting has begun, you will have exactly one week to cast a vote for your favorite.
  5. Once a player has been chosen as a Rookie of the Month, that player will be ineligible for selection in the following months until the end of the season. However, players previously nominated as non-winning finalists may be nominated again in subsequent months. However, these Rookies can not be nominated two times in a row.
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  • Hertha BSC
  • SV Werder Bremen
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • SC Freiburg
  • Hamburger SV
  • Hannover 96
  • TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
  • 1. FC Köln
  • RB Leipzig
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1. FSV Mainz 05
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • FC Bayern München
  • FC Schalke 04
  • VfB Stuttgart
  • VfL Wolfsburg
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