Florian Wirtz has been named as September’s Bundesliga Player of the Month after a series of outstanding performances.
has been able to score three goals and provide two assists through three league games last month, helping his club to second in the table - behind Bayern Munich only on goal difference.
The 18-year-old has also been able to score four goals and lead theBundesliga
charts for assist (five) through only six appearances. In total, Wirtz has been involved in a goal every 47 minutes across all competitions, the best minutes per goal involvement ratio of all players in Europe’s top five leagues to play at least 500 minutes.
He also broke the record of reaching double figures for goals in the German top-flight by his winner in the game against Mainz. The record used to belong to Lukas Podolski (18 years, 353 days for Cologne in 2004) and the attacking midfielder broke it at 208 days younger than Podolski.
After this series of outstanding performances, he was named
September’s Bundesliga Player of the Month
Leverkusen sporting director and former midfielder Simon Rolfes praised him and compared him to Kai Havertz, who went to Chelsea in 2020 after a similarly meteoric rise.
"The attitude is very good,"
Rolfes said to Stats Perform.
"With players and we could see it with Kai Havertz, they know their quality. They are 18 and self-confident because they know about their quality.
"Special players have that – they can feel that, feel it directly on the pitch. Playing with other good players, they're able to handle it and adapt to the different speeds of the game.
"He will improve year by year. Although he already has a high level. His biggest strength and you could see that in all the years in the youth team, is that he gives his best in each game.
"Doesn't matter where he was playing or which team-mates he was playing with. The first team, U19, U13, etc, he was always giving his best. That is a key element in his development that he is able to adapt at higher levels but he has the ambition to always improve and you have to improve."
Leverkusen captain and first-choice goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky also praised Wirtz.
"Florian is a great player,"
Hradecky said to the Bundesliga's official website.
"He’s doing an outstanding job and works hard on himself."
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