German legend Rudi Voller believes that Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick is in the same league as the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland. Leverkusen is currently third in the Bundesliga thanks to 18 goals from Schick this season. He sits only behind Lewandowski in the race for the Kicker-Torjagerkanone. He joined from Roma where he struggled to score goals to justify his €42m transfer fee.

“Is Patrik Schick in the world-class category alongside Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland? You only have to look at the Bundesliga scoring charts, where he’s right between the pair,” Rudi Voller said about Patrik Schick. “He scored as many goals as Cristiano Ronaldo at the Euros, so was already in the world-class category, but has only got better with us this season. He has a lot of qualities: heading the ball – he’s the best at that of the [aforementioned] three. His pace. His left football is brilliant. He’s a center-forward who can really play and also hold up the ball.”

“If you were to take away penalties and set-pieces, Schick has scored the joint-most open play goals of any player across Europe’s top five leagues this season, alongside Lewandowski, with 16 of his 18 strikes coming away from dead-ball scenarios,” he added.

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