Just two rounds of Bundesliga action have taken place over January, with the players coming back from a winter break and taking part in the DFB-Pokal. It’s then difficult to speculate who could become the Bundesliga player of the month, but there were still some quality individual performances in those 180 minutes.
EA will put forward some contenders for a public vote, with the winner not only claiming the award, but also a boosted card on FIFA 19 Ultimate Team. This item can only be earned through various Squad Building Challenges (SBCs), making them very expensive to get hold of. So far, Borussia Dortmund have dominated the prizes, with Marco Reus picking up three and Jadon Sancho the other one. Can that end this month?
Robert Lewandowski (OVR 90 – POTM 93)
Robert Lewandowski looks to be the front runner for January’s POTM award, with the Bayern Munich marksman bagging two goals and two assists in January. The 30-year-old’s form keeps Bayern well in the title rice, with the champions just six points behind Borussia Dortmund.
Lewandowski’s 90 overall should rise to 93 if he claims the prize, and you can pick up the Poles base card on Ultimate Team for 60,000 coins on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A 91 Champions League card will set you back 150,000 on PS4 and 227,000 on Xbox One, with a 91 in-form card worth 174,000 on PS4 and 164,000 on Xbox One. A UCL Road to the Final item costs 383,000 on PS4 and 391,000 on Xbox One.
Leon Goretzka (OVR 83 – POTM 87)
Leon Goretzka also shone for Bayern, with the German enjoying a promising first season at the Allianz Arena. Two goals against Hoffenheim (3-1) and one against Stuttgart (4-1) take his tally to the season to five coming from 13 starts under new boss Niko Kovac.
Three goals in two games should see Goretzka improve from 83 to 87 for the Player of the Month award, and his position may move from central to attacking midfield. His base card costs 4,100 coins on PS4 and 6,700 on Xbox One, with an 84 Champions League item valued at 41,000 on both consoles. An 85 CAM in-form will set you back 132,000 on PS4 and 129,000 on Xbox One, whilst his 95 Ones to Watch card is worth 227,000 on PS4 and 225,000 on Xbox One.
Ondrej Duda (OVR 73 – POTM 82)
Ondrej Duda has been the surprise of January, with the Hertha Berlin man claiming two goals and assists on his two games. The midfielder bagged a brace in the 3-1 win over Nurnberg before claiming an assist for Marko Grujic in the 2-2 draw against Schalke. The results keep Hertha in seventh place in the Bundesliga, level on points with a Europa League spot.
Duda’s 73 overall should rise to around 82 if he claims a shock POTM award. The Slovakian’s silver card costs 550 coins on PS4 and 500 on Xbox One.
Axel Witsel (OVR 82 – POTM 87)
Axel Witsel may have only scored the one goal, but it was a big one. The big Belgian scored following a corner in the 1-0 win away at Leipzig, a big hurdle in Borussia Dortmund’s quest for a first league title in seven years. The £17 million signing from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian has shone this season, showing he has the quality to play in Europe’s top five leagues.
Witsel’s 82 base card would rise to around 87 if he claimed the prize. His normal rating costs 1,100 coins on PS4 and 1,000 on Xbox One, with an 83 Champions League item setting you back 12,500 on PS4 and 13,250 on Xbox One. His 84 in-form CDM card is valued at 57,500 on PS4 and 65,000 on Xbox One, whilst his 84 Ones to Watch item is worth 89,500 on PS4 and 78,000 on Xbox One.
Achraf Hakimi (OVR 75 – POTM 84)
Real Madrid may rue letting Achraf Hakimi go away on loan, with the young Moroccan proving to be a key figure for Borussia Dortmund this season, even out of position at left back. The 20-year-old bagged a goal and an assist in the 5-1 victory over Hannover, keeping the league leaders’ six-point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga.
Hakimi’s 75 overall would rise to around 84 if he claimed the Player of the Month award, with his position moving from right to left back. His base gold card costs only 1,100 coins on PS4 and 1,400 on Xbox One with a 76 rated Champions League item priced at 3,300 on PS4 and 3,900 on Xbox One.