Andreas Christensen has run out the clear winner in the race to become Borussia's Player of the Season and takes the crown from last year’s winner Yann Sommer.
VfL fans have had the opportunity to vote on the German homepage for the past week. Christensen immediately took the lead and the Dane secured 54 percent of the vote, making him the clear winner ahead of Granit Xhaka (15 percent), André Hahn (12 percent), Raffael (11 percent) and Oscar Wendt (8 percent). Christensen therefore takes the title from Yann Sommer, who was selected last season.
Impressive debut season
The 20-year-old can reflect on a truly impressive debut season for the Fohlenelf. He moved to VfL on loan from Chelsea last summer and quickly became an ever-present figure in the team. He was a regular in central defence from matchday five onwards and featured in 39 of the 43 competitive games.
His style of play is uncompromising and he builds play calmly and carefully. The Bundesliga newcomer won 66.49 percent of his tackles this season – an outstanding rate, which was topped only by Mats Hummels and Sebastian Langkamp in the league. At just 20 years of age, his pace and astonishingly good positional play has contributed to his outstanding performances this season.
As well as being an indispensable force in Gladbach defence, he also contributed to his team’s attacking play. The defender was unlucky not to score on his Bundesliga debut against BVB as his header clipped the crossbar but the Denmark international did then set up the winning goal in the closing stages of the 2-1 home victory over Hannover 96. He scored three goals in the Rückrunde: a brace in the 5-1 victory over Bremen and another in the 2-1 defeat to Schalke.