Goal takes a look at the attackers who are likely to dominate the goalscoring charts in Germany in 2014-15.With the Bundesliga set to return this weekend, all eyes will be on the German top flight's high-profile strikers as the top scorer title is again up for grabs.
Title favorites Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both have a number of players in their ranks who will be dreaming of finishing the new season as the main goalscorer, while contenders such as Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke also have some prolific finishers in their squads.
However, players such as Josip Drmic, Adrian Ramos and Roberto Firmino showed last season that strikers from the so-called smaller clubs can always spring a surprise and an intriguing battle for the individual award promises to be on the cards.
Robert Lewandowski was crowned Bundesliga top scorer in 2013-14, and the Poland international will be confident of repeating that feat in the new season. The 25-year-old joined Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund this summer and will become the reigning champion's new No. 9 in place of Mario Mandzukic. Lewandowski already has netted 74 Bundesliga goals throughout his career, and he will be hopeful of reaching the 100 landmark this campaign.
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Bayern teammate Thomas Muller might never have netted more than 13 league goals in a season so far, but the Germany international has shown over the past few years how much of a scoring threat he can be. The versatile attacker could benefit from Lewandowski's intelligent movement and spring a surprise in 2014-15.
Borussia Dortmund lost Lewandowski, but Jurgen Klopp still has plenty of firepower in his squad. Marco Reus might not be a traditional No. 9, but he was one of the undisputed stars of the German top flight last season as he scored 16 goals. The forward will be desperate to further improve this year amid interest from a number of major European clubs.
|BUNDESLIGA | 2013-14 TOP SCORERS
|Robert Lewandowski||Borussia Dortmund||20|
|Mario Mandzukic||Bayern Munich
|Marco Reus||Borussia Dortmund
Another BVB attacker who will have set his sights on the top scorer trophy is new arrival Ciro Immobile, who was crowned Capocannoniere in Serie A in 2013-14. The Italian might need a bit of time to adapt to his new surroundings, but he will be a force to be reckoned with once he finds his feet at Signal Iduna Park.
Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was Germany's most lethal finisher in 2011-12 but failed to replicate the form that saw him conquer the Bundesliga in the following two seasons. The Dutchman is raring to go again, though, after a successful 2014 World Cup with Netherlands and will prove to be vital to his side's ambitions.
Bayer Leverkusen duo Stefan Kiessling and Josip Drmic are men to watch as well. The former scooped up the individual award in 2012-13, while the Switzerland international impressed last season with 17 goals for Nurnberg.
Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino could be one of the outsiders following an impressive 2013-14 campaign, but much will depend on whether the Brazilian forward can build on that success and keep up his fine run of form.
His compatriot Raffael impressed for Borussia Monchengladbach last season and he, too, will be hopeful of getting in the mix for the top scorer title.