Patrick Hermann, Stefan Lainer, Lars Stindl, Marcus Thuram and Denis Zakaria are all nominated for the October Player of the Month award, presented by Cichon Personalmanagement. Voting for the winner is now open on the FohlenApp.
The Foals played six competitive fixtures in October, with five different players taking home the Man of the Match award during the month. Gladbach’s first match in October saw the team earn a hard-fought draw against Başakşehir Istanbul in the Europa League (1-1), where Patrick Herrmann scored a late equaliser and was named the Man of the Match. The winger followed up his Europa League performance with a Bundesliga brace against Augsburg and once again found himself in the fan’s good graces. In the Battle of the Borussias, it was Stefan Lainer who delivered a strong performance to impress the fans, despite being unable to prevent the Foals from falling to a 1-0 defeat.
The Foals benefitted once again from a late equaliser in their Europa League showdown with AS Roma, this time from Lars Stindl. During the 4-2 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, it was Marcus Thuram who took home the Man of the Match award. To cap off the month, the Foals fell once again at the hands of Dortmund (2-1), despite delivering a strong performance. Denis Zakaria was the stand-out man in the DFB-Pokal second round matchup. Voting for the Player of the Month is now open in the FohlenApp, and will close at midnight on Monday.
Patrick Herrmann: ‘Flaco’ picked up two consecutive Man of the Match awards in early October. He was subbed on in the 64th minute in Istanbul, and scored the all-important equaliser shortly before the final whistle blew. Ramy Bensebaini got on the end of a free kick, but hit the crossbar before Herrmann was able to poke the ball into the net and steal a point for Borussia. He was voted Borussia’s Man of the Match with 54 per cent of the vote. Just three days later, Herrmann was once again in the spotlight during the 5-1 win against Augsburg. The 28-year-old scored his first brace of the season and put the Foals on course for a victory. Herrmann slotted home a pass from Plea before combining for another goal with the Frenchman just five minutes later. Herrmann topped off his performance by providing the assist for Breel Embolo’s goal in the 83rd minute to make it 5-1. Herrmann was the clear favourite in the Man of the Match voting, taking home 89 per cent of the vote.
Stefan Lainer: Stefan Lainer’s inclusion in the starting lineup in the Bundesliga match against Dortmund (1-0 loss) likely came as a bit of a surprise to some. The Austrian had previously suffered an ankle ligament tear in the home game against Augsburg two weeks prior. Despite that, he made his return to the pitch just 13 days later and played as if nothing had happened. “He felt up for it and we weren’t expecting him to deliver a performance like that. That’s very unusual and shows exactly the kind of mindset he has,” said head coach Marco Rose. Lainer ran nearly 11km during the match, and had a team-high 79 touches while also winning ten challenges. The fans responded to his relentless performance, with 41 per cent voting for him as Man of the Match.
Lars Stindl: The captain seems to love playing Europa League matches in Italy. Two years ago, the attacker scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Fiorentina in the return leg of the 2016/17 Europa League round of 32 to send the Foals through to the next round. The captain also scored a late injury-time penalty against AS Roma to bring the Foals level in their group stage match this season (1-1). It was his seventh Europa League goal, making him the most successful German goalscorer in the competition. It was only Stindl’s second appearance of the season after being out for six months with a broken tibia. He came on as a sub in the 78th minute against Dortmund and in the 76th minute against Roma. Despite playing only minimal minutes, Stindl didn’t hesitate to step up to the spot. “As the captain, Lars took on that responsibility and the way in which he converted the penalty speaks for itself,” said Rose. The fans also rewarded the captain’s courage with nearly 60 per cent selecting him as the Man of the Match.
Marcus Thuram: Several Foals were likely in the running for the Man of the Match award after the high-scoring game against Eintracht Frankfurt (4-2). In the end, the fans selected Marcus Thuram as the recipient of the award. Thuram completed a team-high 34 sprints, took the most shots (3) and won the most challenges (21). In addition, he also opened the scoring for the Foals in the 20th minute. It was the sixth goal that Thuram was directly involved in over the last five Bundesliga matches (4 goals, 2 assists). “Marcus is an important player for us. We’re happy that we were able to sign him,” said Rose.
Denis Zakaria: There was no getting past Zakaria in the DFB-Pokal match against Dortmund (2-1 loss). Zakaria delivered a strong performance in his new role at the heart of the Foal’s three-man backline. He won nearly all of his challenges and was willing to go the distance to shut down several Dortmund attacks. With nearly 70 per cent of the vote, Zakaria was named the Man of the Match by the fans. But, it was a poor consolation for the Switzerland international, who said: “It’s hard for us to accept this loss. We definitely had the chance to advance to the next round. We put on a strong performance, but it just wasn’t enough.”