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Unstoppable Bundesliga hotshot more ready than ever for Prem return

| 31.10.2016

As the dust settles on another weekend of football, the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the unlikely name racing away at the top of the Bundesliga goalscorer charts.

And a few of you will have remembered the name Anthony Modeste from a simply dismal, and goalless, spell at Blackburn in 2012.

But it’s time to erase that memory, for the FC Cologne striker is very much a new man.

The Frenchman is in sensational form this season, and a fine hat-trick in his side’s 3-0 win over Hamburg yesterday took Modeste’s tally to a stunning 11 goals from nine games.

Regular chart toppers Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have a comparatively lacklustre seven each, despite the wealth of midfield talent to supply them at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Modeste could have had four at the weekend but for a missed penalty, but nevertheless, it’s highly like that FC Cologne are soon to be fending off numerous advances for their hotshot striker.

And this is no one-season fluke.

The former French U21 international hit 18 goals in 36 appearances for Die Geissbocke last season, after netting a similarly impressive 23 in 62 games for Hoffenheim.

Another 17 goals for Bastia in the season following his Rovers nightmare adds further weight to Modeste’s talent.

Valued at just over £7m by transfermarkt.co.uk, the 28-year-old looks ready now to do the business in the Premier League at the second time of asking.

In his four years away, the Cannes native has added a clinical finish to a 6ft 1in frame and excellent movement.

If he keeps firing in the goals in the run-up to the January transfer window, Modeste is set to be a very popular target.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.