Nkunku beats Lewandowski, Haaland to Bundesliga Player of the Season award
Numerous Premier League clubs appear in the running to sign Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, who won the Bundesliga Player of the Season award.
RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku has been named Bundesliga’s Player of the Season for the 2021-22 campaign as speculation over a Premier League move persists.
Nkunku won the German top flight’s Player of the Month award a single-season record four times - in October, February, March and April - and has been subsequently rewarded with the end-of-season accolade.
Robert Lewandowski, Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland and Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick were all in contention, but only the Bayern Munich talisman (38) can boast more direct goal involvements this term than Nkunku, who has scored 20 goals and recorded 13 assists in 34 league games.
Meanwhile, across Europe’s top five leagues in all competitions only Karim Benzema (59), Kylian Mbappe (57) and Lewandowski 56) have been involved in more goals than the Leipzig striker (50).
That goalscoring form and creative prowess guided Leipzig to the Europa League semi-finals, where they were defeated by Rangers, and helped them finish fourth in the Bundesliga.
Nkunku targeting World Cup with France
Nkunku’s development has not gone unnoticed by France coach Didier Deschamps, as the 24-year-old made his Les Bleus debut in a friendly against Ivory Coast in March.
He will hope to make Deschamps’ squad as France aim to defend their World Cup title at Qatar 2022 in November and December.
There remains uncertainty over who Nkunku will be playing for next season, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all reportedly interested but Leipzig eager to keep him.
United could be the most likely destination for Nkunku, given Ralf Rangnick’s association with the Bundesliga club.
Nkunku goes in search of DFB-Pokal success when Leipzig face Freiburg in the final in Berlin on Saturday.