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Bayern Munich didn't have it quite as easy this season yet still have seven players featuring in the side.
Manuel Neuer - GK - OVR 92 Neuer was snubbed from TOTS last year but after winning TOTY once again and widely being recognised as the best keeper in the world can you really leave him out? It's not like he has had a bad season either with just 17 goals being conceded he has been there when called upon. His defensive does a lot of the work but can that really go against him?
Sead Kolasinac - LB - OVR 77 Once again Alaba misses out on the cut which should I be correct will be the third consecutive year that he has been snubbed. Kolasinac has by far been the most impressive LB of the season with his constant displays being a bright light during Schalke's bang average season. He has contributed offensively with three goals and five assists which will help him stand out.
Matts Hummels - CB - OVR 87 Like many of Dortmund's top players Hummels made the move over to their rivals Munich. Some flop while others excel and Hummels falls into the latter section for sure. The German defender has continued to develop and has been at the heart of Munich's defensive helping them to their previously mentioned superb defensive record.
Javi Martinez - CB - OVR 85 With Boateng being injured it was Martinez who was given the incredibly difficult shoes to fill and the Spaniard exceeded expectations in many senses. Yes, the Munich defense is strong regardless who of they played but Martinez played his part in that. Arguably the weakest selection in terms of defenders so if EA feel that it is too Munich based he will be the man to miss out but he deserves a spot in the side.
Phillpp Lahm - RB - OVR 89 Despite Lahm set to retire at the end of the season there is no doubt about him still being one of the best RB in the world. The German defender has shone once again at the age of 33 returning to his RB duties after a couple of seasons in the CDM role for Munich. You could argue his position in the side but with him being the leading defender on Kicker I find him hard to overlook.
Emil Forsberg - LM - OVR 79 Forsberg played a vital role in Leipzig’s promotion last season where he was arguably the best player in the division. He has continued to improve and has really stepped up to the next level continuing to impress while in the top division. The Swede has an impressive 8 goals and 15 assists to his name which will be more than enough to secure his spot.
Naby Keita - CM - OVR 78 Continuing the theme of Leipzig, we have another midfielder who has shone for them in Keita. At just 21 years of age Keita has a huge future ahead of him and could even reach the heights of African player of the year eventually. He has picked up four Ifs’ over the course of this FIFA which will result in his inevitable TOTS being very usable.
Thiago - CM - OVR 85 There has always been hype around Thiago but this is the first season that he has truly shown what he is capable of. The Spanish midfielder only has five goals and 5 assists to his name on paper but he has played a vital part for Munich this season and has developed into one of their main players.
Arjen Robben - RM - OVR 87 Robben leads the Kicker rating this year and after missing out on TOTS during FIFA 16 he is well and truly back. He has been alongside the best performers in the Bundesliga this season and with 11 goals and seven assists to his name it’s easy to see why. Despite it being well known that he has a deadly left foot players just can't stop him.
Robert Lewandowski - ST - OVR 90 When asked to associate the Bundesliga with a player Lewandowski will be bought up regularly and there’s a reason for that. The Polish striker had yet another prolific season finding the back of the net on 28 occasions which is as many starts as he had. He continues to establish himself as one of the very best but with the talent on offer in current times it is unlikely that he will ever hit the heights of TOTY.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- ST - OVR 87 The other striker is another which you won't be surprised to hear in Aubameyang. The Dortmund finisher falls just behind Lewandowski in terms of goals with 27 to his name but once again has torn up the Bundesliga with his pace and strength. Surely its only a matter of time before the very best start enquiring about PEA.
Rune Almenning Jarstein - GK - OVR 80 Jarstein has been the most impressive keeper this season helping Hertha to a more than respectable 5th in the table alongside holding the 5th best defensive record. Jarstein has played a large part of that consistently performing well which has made him the highest rated keeper on Kicker. A very easy inclusion to make.
Will Orban - CB - OVR 77 It's not only the offensive side of Leipzig which has impressed with their defensive side of the game also playing a big part in their success. Orban has been the player to stand out and is once again a player with a great future ahead. At still only 23 years of age I am sure that he will be attracting some attention over the summer
Ousmane Dembele - RM - OVR 00 At just 19 years of age with the hype surrounding Dembele it was always going to be a question of whether he could deal with the pressure or not. It's safe to say that he succeeded though managing six goals and eleven assists for Dortmund this season which has seen him develop into one of the best wingers in the league already.
Sebastian Rudy - CM - OVR 78 Rudy has picked up two goals, seven assists and a transfer to Bayern Munich in the summer because of his performances this campaign. The German midfielder has really developed this season and although I'm not entirely sure how he will fit into the Bayern side his performances have deserved the big summer signing status.
Vicenzo Grifo - LM - OVR 75 Grifo was the star alongside Forsberg in the second division of Germany and although no quite to the extent that Forsberg has managed he has continued to impress when making the move to the higher division. The Italian has six goals and seven assists to his name which for a newly promoted side is quite impressive
Timo Werner - ST - OVR 77 Back to the offensive side of Leipzig’s game now with Werner who like many of Leipzegs squad is another young German talent. The 20-year-old has scored an impressive 17 goals which puts him 4th overall in the league and has another five assists alongside that. His pace up top causes teams a lot of problems and he seems to have the finishing to go alongside that.
Anthony Modeste - ST - OVR 82 Outside of the obvious names Modeste has been the best striker in the division by quite some distance. The Frenchman has 23 goals to his name which for a side with just 43 goals in total shows just how important he is to the side. He is currently third in the top goal scorer race narrowly behind both PEA and Lewan.
Lukasz Piszczek - RB - OVR 82 A significant reason that Piszczek has made the cut for me is the number of goals he has scored. Five in total making him one of the highest scoring defenders in the division alongside the fact Dortmund are flying high with only a few realistic options of making the cut should all work in favour for the Polish RB.
Niklas Sule - CB - OVR 81 Either one of Hoffenheim CB's could make the cut with both Sule and Hubner having superb seasons however Sule is largely regarded as the better of the two from Bundesliga watchers and although that could be hype based due to what is expected of the young defender he has shown that he is capable of big things. There’s no doubt about his potential and that he shall be one to watch in the coming years.
Karem Demirbay - CM - OVR 76 Another Hoffenheim player now and another young German it is. There seems to be a never-ending supply of talented Germans which explains why they are doing so well at the international level. Much like his central midfield partner Rudy, Demirbay has chipped in with a fair amount of goal contributions from the middle of the park. 6 goals and 7 assists on paper and that should be enough to see him in alongside his kicker rating.
Max Kruse - ST - OVR 80 There are a few players this spot could go to with both Ibsevic, Wagner, Gomez and Stindl all narrowly missing out. In the end, I opted for Max Kruse who has recorded 14 goals for Bremen and is rated second just behind Lewandowski but ahead of PEA in the Kicker ratings which is always a good indicator for these sides.
Andrej Kramaric - ST - OVR 77 Other than the obvious suggestion of Leipzig, Hoffenheim have been one of the stand out sides this season currently sitting high up in fourth position. It has largely been a team display hence the selection of players in this side but Kramaric has been involved in 21 of their 59 goals showing his importance to the side. Although he is not one of the highest scoring players in the division his assist total should help him make the cut over those with just a few more.
Serge Gnabry - LM - OVR 77 Gnabry has played all over the park this season but with the clear majority of his games coming from the LM position I believe that if he does make the cut he will be placed there rather than the ST position which could also be selected. The ex-Arsenal winger scored an impressive 11 goals on his debut season for Werder Bremen making him their second highest goal scorer.