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Bayern Munich: 5 Standout Performers for the Bavarians so Far

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIDecember 30, 2012

Bayern Munich: 5 Standout Performers for the Bavarians so Far

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    The Bundesliga season has reached the halfway point and Bayern Munich fans can't be any happier.

    The Bavarians stormed through the league with ease, collecting 42 points—nine more than the second-placed Bayer Leverkusen—and conceding mere seven goals in 17 outings.

    Here, I will attempt to pick the five players who stood out for Bayern Munich as they achieved one of the best starts to the season in the history of the league.

Franck Ribéry

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    I believe Franck Ribéry needs no introduction.

    The Frenchman has been with the club for so long and performed so well in the process that it would be almost ridicilous to talk about him and his style of play.

    Ribéry has been up to his regular best so far, scoring four goals and assisting seven more in only 12 league appearances.

    As always, Ribéry will be a strong candidate for the Player of the Year award in Bundesliga.

Dante

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    Dante may have joined the club just a few months ago, but make no mistake, the Brazilian is one of the best defenders in the league at the moment.

    The former Borussia Mönchengladbach man slotted in seamlessly since his switch and is now on course to become a vital, irreplaceable part of Bayern Munich's defence.

    Dante brings a strong presence in the air at the back, stability and, most importantly, an outstanding passing ability in his own half.

    All in all, it's obvious the Brazilian has hit his peak, and Jupp Heynckes would be wise to continue utilising Dante as often as possible.

Mario Mandžukić

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    Just like Dante, Mario Mandžukić moved to Munich in the summer, but needed no time to adapt to his new surroundings.

    Having already scored nine times in the league, the Croatia international is currently tied with Thomas Müller as the club's top goal scorer.

    With Mandžukić performing admirably game after game, the fans would be forgiven if they all but forgot their main striker Mario Gomez.

    Yes, that's how good Mandžukić is.

    Jupp Heynckes has once again showcased his fantastic transfer policy.

Toni Kroos

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    Toni Kroos' hard work can finally be seen.

    The 22-year-old has perfected his game in a way that he no longer has any significant weaknesses.

    With his fantastic passing array, an unmistakable eye for the pass and his thunderous shooting ability, Kroos has become an ever-present threat to the opposition defence and an invaluable asset to the team.

    The statistics speak for themselves—so far, Kroos has scored six goals and contributed five assists in Bundesliga. What is more, the Bayern midfielder makes an outstanding 2.5 key passes per match.

    Don't be surprised if one day Kroos becomes the captain of Bayern Munich.

Thomas Müller

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    Without a doubt, the best forward in Bundesliga at the moment is Thomas Müller.

    It seems the Germany international benefited greatly from Gomez's injury as he is now in the very top of both the goal-scoring charts and the assist table in Bundesliga.

    The 23-year-old has mastered the art of finishing as well as passing, and is now the biggest threat for the opposition goalkepeer. And even when he is unable to beat his man, you can count on Müller to at least grab a free kick in a dangerous position.

    Alongside Ribéry, Müller will be a good bet for the Player of the Season award if he continues to perform this well.

    To cap off his fantastic performances for the club, Müller has recently signed a new contract extension. (via ESPN)

Honourable Mentions

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    These players have performed excellently throughout the first half of the campaign, but unfortunately miss out on a place on the list due to the sheer amount of competition in the team.

    Furthermore, it would be plain wrong not to at least mention these outstanding footballers, so I've decided to award them with a honourable mention.

    To cut to the chase, honourable mentions go to:

    Manuel Neuer

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Philip Lahm

    Holger Badstuber

     

    What do you think? Which players stood out for Bayern Munich so far?

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