Serge Gnabry's resurgence couldn't have come at a better time for Bayern Munich
Gnabry has scored four goals in the last three games, leading the line for a Bayern Munich side looking to see off a Borussia Dortmund title challenge in the Bundesliga.
It was a question that was asked over and over again ahead of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season: with Robert Lewandowski gone, where would the goals be coming from? One player that was mentioned frequently was Serge Gnabry. And indeed, as the dust settles, Gnabry will have once again finished a Bundesliga season scoring in the double-digits.
This is the seventh season in a row that the 27-year-old Germany international has scored ten goals or more in a single Bundesliga campaign—no other player has managed this in the Bundesliga. In fact, Gnabry has never scored fewer than ten goals since he returned from England in 2016/17, when he joined Werder Bremen from Arsenal.
Here is Gnabry by the numbers. The German striker scored 11 goals and ten assists in 27 games for Werder in 2016/17, ten goals and seven assists in 22 games for Hoffenheim in 2017/18, and then after he joined Bayern, scored ten goals and seven assists in 2018/19, 12 goals and 11 assists in 2019/20, ten goals and five assists in 2020/21, 14 goals and five assists in 2021/22 and finally 13 goals and five assists this season.
Altogether the striker has now managed 80 goals and 42 assists in 203 Bundesliga games. In other words, Gnabry scores every 164 minutes in the Bundesliga. That is an impressive number, especially when one includes the amount of assists the 27-year-old also contributes every season.
Those numbers are only part of the picture, however. There has been a sense for a while that despite Gnabry’s excellent numbers, the forward always seems to leave something off the table. That there is another gear to his game that has yet to be exploited and would make Gnabry a true superstar.
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