Ranked! 6 Vital Players From Leverkusen's Bundesliga Title Winning Season

Ranked! 6 Vital Players From Leverkusen's Bundesliga Title Winning Season

Isaac Darko
updated at April 15, 2024 at 3:45 PM
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  • Bayer Leverkusen have dethroned Bayern Munich as Bundesliga champions
  • Die Werkself's success was attributed to Xabi Alonso's tactical genius
  • Here are six stars who have excelled in their historic title-winning season

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Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen achieved the remarkable feat of dethroning Bayern Munich as Bundesliga champions.

Despite the daunting challenge of surpassing Bayern, Die Werkself accomplished it in stunning fashion, securing the title with five games remaining.

Leverkusen, Granit Xhaka, Florian Wirtz, Jonathan Tah, Jeremie Frimpong,Victor Boniface, Xabi Alonso
Sports Brief takes a look at six stars who have excelled in their historic title-winning season. Photos by ANP/Jorg Schuler/Oliver Kaelke.
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Their emphatic 5-0 victory over Werder Bremen marked a historic moment for the club, claiming German top-flight gold for the first time in their history, per Eurosport.

Essentially, Alonso's expertise as a sought-after tactician has been instrumental in orchestrating one of the most remarkable league triumphs in memory.

Beyond clinching the Bundesliga, opportunities in the German Cup and Europa League still await. Alonso and his team are aiming for an unbeaten treble.

Throughout their title-winning campaign, several players have shone brightly, and Sports Brief looks at six stars who have surpassed expectations in accomplishing what is deemed their most significant achievement to date.

Leverkusen's key players

1. Florian Wirtz

At just 20, Florian Wirtz has been dazzling the Bundesliga.

His first senior hat-trick in their win over Werder Bremen was the cherry on top of an impressive season, tallying 11 goals and 10 assists in 2,320 minutes, per Transfermarkt.

His flair and composure have attracted interest, with Liverpool scouts keeping an eye on him. A budding superstar, Wirtz has shone consistently throughout his team's title-winning journey.

2. Granit Xhaka

Once deemed troublesome at Arsenal, the 31-year-old has transformed into one of the top midfielders globally at Leverkusen.

Under Alonso, the Switzerland international showcased his composed side, leading the team with 2,566 minutes played this season.

Xhaka's versatility in attack and defence, coupled with his leadership, has been crucial to Leverkusen's setup, especially considering his age.

3. Victor Boniface

Despite his time on the sidelines, Victor Boniface's joint-leading goal tally of 11 in the Bundesliga speaks volumes about his scoring ability.

A formidable presence upfront for Leverkusen, he's adept with both feet and his head, while also contributing significantly to the team's transitions.

With eight assists showcasing his link-up play, the 23-year-old is seen as a complete package and has the potential to become one of football's top centre forwards, provided he maintains his fitness.

4. Alejandro Grimaldo

Alejandro Grimaldo has been a revelation since joining Leverkusen on a free transfer in 2023. With nine goals and 13 assists, his impact on their title quest has been immense.

Despite only earning two Spain caps so far, his defensive prowess is evident. His acquisition has been a steal of the summer, a testament to the club's astuteness.

5. Jeremie Frimpong

Jeremie Frimpong, one of Leverkusen's dynamic full-backs, brings a blend of speed and directness to their attack.

With eight goals and assists each in 27 Bundesliga appearances, his impact is significant and expected to grow.

Despite his size, the 23-year-old handles top-tier football well, drawing interest from clubs like Liverpool.

6. Jonathan Tah

Jonathan Tah, often linked with a move to the Premier League, has been central to Leverkusen's defensive setup, logging 2,299 Bundesliga minutes.

As the linchpin of Leverkusen's back three, the 28-year-old has been pivotal, starting more games than any other defender for the club this season.

With four goals to his name, Tah's contribution has been vital to Leverkusen's impressive defensive record, likely securing his spot in Julian Nagelsmann's plans for Euro 2024.

Alonso wants more trophies

Sports Brief recently reported on Xabi Alonso's reaction to Bayer Leverkusen's Bundesliga win.

The Spanish manager said they are not done yet after capturing the title in the German top-flight.

Leverkusen are still in contention for the German Cup and the Europa League titles this season.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)