CAGLAR SÖYÜNCÜ IS ROOKIE OF THE MONTH APRIL

SC Freiburg’s 20-year-old Turkey international prevailed against his competitors. We congratulate Caglar
Söyüncü on his title and his nomination for the award as the Bundesliga ROOKIE OF THE SEASON!

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  • Kai
    Havertz

  • Caglar
    Söyüncü

  • Naby Deco
    Keïta

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Kai Havertz

Kai
Havertz

Midfielder

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Birthday: 11.06.1999
Height: 1,86 m
Weight: 77 kg
Nationality: German
Place of birth: Germany
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
Naby Deco Keïta

Naby Deco
Keïta

Midfielder

RB Leipzig

Birthday: 10.02.1995
Height: 1,72 m
Weight: 64 kg
Nationality: Guinean
Place of birth: Guinea

Kai Havertz is conceivably the most exciting home-grown talent Bayer Leverkusen have produced in years. He wasn’t on anybody’s radar, but at just 17, the Aachen native has already made his first-team breakthrough. It is an accelerated progression that has taken the budding star himself by surprise.

I never thought it’d go so quickly

Havertz has already broken a number of club records. As well as being the youngest player in Leverkusen history to turn out in the Bundesliga, he is also the Rhineland outfit’s youngest top-tier goalscorer, with his maiden Bundesliga strike coming as a substitute in the 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg on Matchday 26.  He’s made a further four Bundesliga appearances since – all starts. The fact he has been juggling his high-school exams at the same time speaks volumes for this prodigious Bundesliga talent.

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Statistics
Data based on matchdays 26-31 in season 16/17
  • 57,2 % Successful tackles won
  • 2,2 Total attempts on goal (Ø )
  • 0 yellow or red cards

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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Data based on matchdays 26-31 in season 16/17
  • 32,4 Ø max. speed (km/h)
  • 71,2 % successful passes
  • 0 yellow or red cards

Leipzig’s midfield supremo knows the Rookie Award well, having already been nominated for the prize in February. He’s a worthy candidate again, fresh from starting all six of his Saxon employer’s Bundesliga assignments in April. Leipzig amassed 14 points (four wins, two draws) in that time, with Keita rattling off four of his eight Bundesliga goals to date. What’s more, Leipzig won all three games in which the 22-year-old found the net.

I will continue to work hard and improve

Keita’s link-up play with Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner has been of particular interest. The dynamic trio have forged a devilishly good understanding, but the Guinean hot shot believes the best is yet to come.

“It’s going well, but I think I can get even better, and I want to,” Keita said. “I’m going to continue to work hard to improve. I’m the kind of guy that is never completely satisfied. It never crosses my mind to ease off and put my feet up.”

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Data based on matchdays 26-31 in season 16/17
  • 4 goals in 6 matches
  • 87,2 Ø time played (min)
  • 86% successful passes

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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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