Christopher Nkunku, born 14/11/97, is a French attacking midfielder playing for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. After joining in the summer of 2019, Nkunku has helped RB Leipzig to 3rd place at the time of writing, 5 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich. Nkunku rose through the ranks at Paris Saint Germain, representing the club at U17, U19, B team and finally Senior team level before leaving for German soil. Christopher Nkuku averages a rating of 7.52 per game in the Bundesliga in 2019/20. Statistically, the 8th best player in the competition (whoscored.com)
Position: AMC, MC, ML/W
Market Value: £25.2m (Transfermarkt – 30/04/20)
(stats source: Understat.com)
Nkunku has contributed to 29% of RB Leipzig’s 62 Bundesliga goals. This is contrast with Borussia Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard who has contributed 22%. Both players play a similar role in their teams’ system. When comparing further metrics, Nkunku outperforms Hazard in all areas apart from XGBuildup90, this suggests that Hazard drops deeper in the build-up of play helping to link Dortmund’s midfield and attack. In 2019/20, Nkunku is putting up some frighteningly good numbers. Let’s examine them:
- Christopher Nkunku’s 4 league goals place him 4th for goals scored from attacking midfielders in the Bundesliga. Behind Phillipe Coutinho (8), Kai Havertz (6) and Amine Harit (6)
- Nkunku has assisted Timo Werner 5 times, the joint second best in the Bundesliga behind Thomas Müller assisting Robert Lewandowski.
- Nkunku’s 12 Bundesliga assists place him 3rd in the league behind Thomas Müller (16) and Jadon Sancho (15)
- Nkunku’s Key Passes per 90 at 3.99 is his most elite stat.
- In perspective, here are the KP/90 stats of some elite attacking players in ‘19/20:
Leo Messi – 2.58
Kevin De Bruyne – 3.89
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 2.64
Thomas Müller – 3.42
Neymar – 2.58
(KP/90 stats source: Understat.com)
- Nkunku shares some fine company indeed.
At £25.2 million Christopher Nkunku represents outstanding value in the Transfer Market. Having said that, post Covid-19, teams will be reluctant to part with their most prized assets and Nkunku himself would be apprehensive about leaving a title challenging team. Money talks as we know, mind!