OUSMANE DEMBÉLÉ IS ROOKIE OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY

Borussia Dortmund’s dribbling rough diamond prevailed against his competitors.
We congratulate Ousmane Dembélé on his title and his nomination for the award as the Bundesliga ROOKIE OF THE SEASON!

#DontCrackUnderPressure

scroll to meet the players
Rookies

Meet the Rookies

  • Serge
    Gnabry

  • Naby Deco
    Keïta

  • Ousmane
    Dembélé

Click to expand
Serge Gnabry

Serge
Gnabry

Midfielder

Werder Bremen

Birthday: 14.07.1995
Height: 1,73 m
Weight: 73 kg
Nationality: German
Place of birth: Germany
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
Ousmane Dembélé

Ousmane
Dembélé

Striker

Borussia Dortmund

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

Serge Gnabry hit the ground running following his transfer from English Premier League side Arsenal to Werder Bremen at the start of the season, and has continued his good form throughout the campaign. In February the Germany international underlined his importance to the Green-Whites once more, spearheading the side to two victories in four games to given the club some much-needed breathing room in their battle against relegation. "We've become more stable with each win," the 21-year-old said. "That brings us all together." But what is it that makes Gnabry so vital to the Bremen side?

Happy traveller

The attacker appears to relish playing away from home, with all three of his goals in February coming on foreign soil. It continued a trend that has run throughout the season, as nine of Gnabry's ten Bundesliga goals this term have been scored away from the Weser Stadium. Only Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the target more frequently on the road in February. Yet it is not only the fact the Gnabry scores that makes him to important to Bremen's cause; he has a knack of finding the net at crucial moments. He broke the deadlock in the 2-0 win over Mainz and netted his first Bundesliga brace a week later in the 2-1 triumph in Wolfsburg.

< >
Image
Image
Image
Image
Statistics
Data based on matchdays 19-22 in season 16/17
  • 4 Matches played from start
  • 335 Total time played
  • 3 Goals
  • 32,38 Maximum speed (Ø km/h)
  • 70,3 Successful Passes (%)

Naby Keita was also nominated for Rookie of the First leg award, and he is in the running for this honour on merit too. The 22-year-old started each of Leipzig's games in February, playing in a variety of roles due to injuries and suspensions to team-mates. Yet regardless of the position he took up – be it in central midfield or on either wing – Keita fulfilled his duties with aplomb and played a key role in helping Leipzig quickly bounce back following two defeats at the start of February to record victories over Gladbach and Cologne.

I'm never satisfied

In the 3-1 victory over the latter, not only did Keita provide the cross for Timo Werner to notch Leipzig's third, it was also his devilish delivery that forced Dominic Maroh into scoring an own goal. In total he created four shooting chances for his side, more than any other player on the pitch. A driving force in the Leipzig midfield, the Guinean is equally effective in attack and defence, making him an indispensable member of coach Ralph Hasenhüttl's side. He has completed an average of 79.8 percent of his passes, but is nevertheless not content to rest on his laurels: "I'm never satisfied. I want to be a lot better."

< >
Image
Image
Image
Image
Statistics
Data based on matchdays 19-22 in season 16/17
  • 4 Matches played from start
  • 88,5 Time played per match (Ø)
  • 9,71 Distance per match (Ø km)
  • 244 Touches
  • 70,9 Successful passes (%)

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.

< >
Image
Image
Image
Image
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)

The world of TAG Heuer

    • Carrera Calibre Heuer 01

    • Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date

    • Carrera Calibre 1887

    • Carrera Calibre 1887

    • Carrera Calibre 16

    prev next
    • Aquaracer Calibre 5

    • Aquaracer 300m

    • Aquaracer 300m Calibre 16

    • Aquaracer 300m Calibre 16 Black Phantom

    • Aquaracer 300m Calibre 5

    prev next
    • Connected

    • Connected

    • Connected

    • Connected

    • Connected

    • Connected

    prev next
    • Formula 1

    • Formula 1

    • Formula 1 Calibre 5

    • Formula 1 GMT Calibre 7

    • Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Special Edition

    prev next
    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    • Formula 1 Bundesliga
      Special Edition

    prev next
prev next
  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.
  • FC Augsburg
  • Hertha BSC
  • SV Werder Bremen
  • SV Darmstadt 98
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Eintracht Frankfurt
  • SC Freiburg
  • Hamburger SV
  • TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
  • FC Ingolstadt 04
  • 1. FC Köln
  • RB Leipzig
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 1. FSV Mainz 05
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • FC Bayern München
  • FC Schalke 04
  • VfL Wolfsburg
OK

We make use of cookies to enhance your user experience. By clicking "OK" without altering your cookie preferences, you are giving us your consent to use cookies. For further information, please read our information on the use of cookies.