Five players to watch on the Bundesliga’s return
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Are you a seasoned vet of the Bundesliga or just looking forward to finally quenching that football thirst? Or maybe you’re both.

Either way, German football’s return this weekend has everyone on the edge of their seats.

But while you’re already mulling over what team you’re going to root for, you’ll need to know who to look out for.

There’s a raft of players that could have made this list but we’ve narrowed it to five that could steal the show on the Bundesliga's comeback…

Amine Harit - Schalke, 22

David Wagner had to re-energise a side that severely underperformed last campaign and the former Huddersfield Town manager has already guided the Gelsenkirchen club back to potential title contenders.

After a big summer clear out and some handy signings, it’s actually been 22 year-old Amine Harit who’s emerged as a genuine star.

Harit, having made 30 Ligue 1 appearances for Nantes in 2016/2017 is now in his third Bundesliga season and is fast becoming a veteran of the league.

The diminutive Moroccan has already got the Young Player of the Year award in his trophy cabinet - and after a difficult period off the pitch is finally re-discovering his midas touch with six goals and four assists in 24 appearances.

Milot Rashica - Werder Bremen, 23

Milot Rashica has been a shining light in this Werder Bremen team for some time now and recently scored an outstanding solo goal against Bayern Munich - which sadly for him will be known for ever more as the Philippe Coutinho game.

But as the 23 year-old hurtles into a third season in the Bundesliga - with Max Kruse leaving in the summer – it’s his first as arguably the team’s main man.

The direct, pacy Kosovan is hard to pin down and often comes in off the left into more central positions to do serious damage.

His endeavour is matched by a unique dribbling-style that often bamboozles defenders.

Rashica will need to be in inspired form for the remaining nine games to keep Werder afloat. But his star is on the rise and whatever happens he's surely to set play at the top table of European football for years to come.

Filip Kostic – Eintracht Frankfurt, 27

Frankfurt lost all of their famed front three last summer with Luka Jovic, Sebastian Haller and Ante Rebic all leaving for pastures new.

However, despite bringing in replacements it needed a figure head already at the club to lead the way.

That man has proved to be Filip Kostic, who’s now playing further forward since Rebic’s departure – playing 90 minutes in 21 of the 23 league games so far this season.

His on-field intelligence and ability to take up positions to be one of team’s chief protagonists will be a joy to watch.

Kostic has also assisted nine goals this campaign and his link up with Evan N’dicka has proved a potent combination.

Frankfurt host Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday and Kostic will be key to a home win.

Robin Quaison – Mainz 05, 26

If you take a look at the league’s top scorers so far this season you find the usual suspects leading the way.

Robert Lewandowski 25 goals, Timo Werner 21 goals, Jadon Sancho 14 goals. But just two goals shy of Sancho is Mainz man Robin Quaison.

The forward is enjoying the most fruitful season of his career with 12 league goals.

Mainz might be at the wrong end of the table but having already bagged two hat-tricks this campaign – the team have a man bang in form at this vital part of the  .

The Koln defence will have to be on their toes this weekend against a man that's been at the peak of his powers.

Nico Elvedi – Borussia Monchengladbach, 22

Having started out at full back, Nico Elvedi has found a home in the heart of the defence this season alongside Mattias Ginter.

He’s been part of a new look, exciting team under Marco Rose who led the table for much of the Hinrunde.

Elvedi is fast turning into a calm, composed top class centre back. And with the club still to face Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen we could see the 22-year-old test his mettle against some of the league’s most rampant sides.

With a contract until 2022, an impressive final third of the season could really put Elvedi on the map.

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