​After a captivating Hinrunde in Germany, the Bundesliga is perfectly poised to return from the winter break with more than a handful of things to watch out for during the second half of the season.


Can RB Leipzig beat Bayern Munich to the title? Will Borussia Dortmund miss out on Champions League football? Could last year's Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt really get relegated?

But for some of the league's biggest names, the bigger picture won't really matter all that much as they're just desperate to return to their best form.


There are more than a handful of players who underperformed during the first half the season and will be looking to turn that around in the Rückrunde, so here's our top eight from the Bundesliga who will be looking to do just that in 2020.


Kevin Volland

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Kevin Volland certainly hasn't had an awful season, but so far the 27-year-old hasn't done enough in front of goal to really give Bayer Leverkusen any chance of qualifying for the Champions League once again.


He's picked up six assists - compared to the other out and out strikers in Europe's top five leagues, only Luis Suárez and Islam Slimani (seven) have more - but Volland has only found the back of the net himself on five occasions.


Working in a system under Peter Bosz that relies on outscoring their opposition, Bayer Leverkusen have only scored 23 goals - the same amount as Werder Bremen, who are in an automatic relegation spot.


The club have been helped by Lucas Alario's goals, but it will be Volland's ability in front of goal which could be the difference-maker for Die Werkself during the second half of the season.


Ademola Lookman

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He was directly involved in nine goals in 11 games during his first spell at RB Leipzig, but this time around Ademola Lookman has looked out of his depth.


The England Under-21 international has only made three appearances in the Bundesliga - featuring in both of Leipzig's losses in the Hinrunde - and Lookman looks like a shadow of the player that was on loan at the Red Bull Arena in 2018.


Summer signings Christopher Nkunku and Patrik Schick have hit the ground running, but Lookman still hasn't quite found his place under Julian Nagelsmann.


The club haven't been impacted too much as a result as they sit at the top of the Bundesliga table, but a strong impression from Lookman during the Rückrunde could be the difference between staying ahead of Bayern Munich or not.


Niklas Stark

Niklas Stark

Germany international Niklas Stark has featured regularly for Hertha BSC this season, but the 24-year-old has lost his place in the starting lineup to Karim Rekik since the arrival of new manager Jürgen Klinsmann.


Stark's individual form hasn't been solely to blame for Hertha's form this season - the club are just four points above the relegation play-off spot - but he's a far cry from the undroppable centre-back from the last two seasons.


Neither Rekik, Dedryck Boyata or Jordan Torunarigha have been all that convincing during the first half of the season, so the stage is set for Stark to step back up into his role as Hertha's star defender during the Rückrunde.


Guido Burgstaller

Guido Burgstaller

Schalke's problems with strikers are nothing new, but this season has been worse than most as the club's highest-scoring centre-forward is actually their 19-year-old fringe player, Ahmed Kutucu.


Marc Uth never really found his feet at Schalke and has since been shipped out on loan to Köln, while Augsburg's Michael Gregoritsch has just arrived at the club as his short-term replacement, but all eyes are on Guido Burgstaller to step up during the second half of the season.


The Austrian didn't score a single goal in the Hinrunde - he hasn't found the back of the net in the Bundesliga in 1115 minutes, dating back to last season - while he hasn't reached double figures since the 2017/18 campaign.


The 30-year-old has already shown in his career that he can be one of the most difficult strikers to play against through his combination of technique and power, but Burgstaller hasn't reached those heights for quite some time.


Incredibly, Schalke's problems with forwards hasn't actually impacted them on the pitch and they're actually level on points with bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund


Maximilian Eggestein

Maximilian Eggestein

Maximilian Eggestein was one of the standout players in the Bundesliga last season, but this time around the 23-year-old has been unable to come close to replicating his previous form with a Werder Bremen side who are in freefall.


The club's star player Milot Rashica has still been impressing, but Eggestein's drop off has been a key reason in Florian Kohfeldt's side's problems this season.


Eggestein hasn't contributed a single goal so far, and with just one win in their last 13 games, Werder Bremen are sitting inside the automatic relegation places ahead of the second half of the season.


Die Werderaner need to improve across the board, but Eggestein will be key to dragging the four-time Bundesliga winners clear of relegation. 


Kai Havertz

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He's the most exciting young German player to emerge for quite some time, but Kai Havertz hasn't come close to matching the same amount of goals or assists that he got last season.


The 20-year-old was directly involved in 21 league goals last year - finding the back of the net 17 times - and unsurprisingly announced himself as one of European football's most exciting players.


In 2019/20, however, Havertz has picked up just two goals and one assist in the Bundesliga, while he hasn't been directly involved in a goal for Bayer Leverkusen across all competitions since September.


Havertz's reputation as a wonderkid hasn't been damaged as a result as it's obvious he's still got the talent, but the Germany international will need to find his feet quickly in the Rückrunde if he wants to be playing Champions League football in Leverkusen next season.


Davie Selke

Davie Selke

While Niklas Stark will be key to Hertha's resurgence at one end of the pitch, Davie Selke will be even more important at the other.


The 24-year-old hasn't been able to live up to expectations ever since he left Werder Bremen in 2015, but Selke is actually on track to have the worst goalscoring season of his entire after netting just once during the Hinrunde.


Dodi Lukebakio, Javairô Dilrosun and Vladimír Darida are the only Hertha players who've scored or assisted at least five goals this season, so Selke could do with finding he shooting boots sooner rather than later if the club are going to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.


Selke was on the cusp on a national team call up earlier in his career, so an impressive Rückrunde could see the 24-year-old become a wildcard pick to take Mario Gómez's spot in Joachim Löw's squad at Euro 2020.


Nico Schulz

Nico Schulz

A lot was made of Nico Schulz's €25m move from TSG Hoffenheim during the summer transfer window, but the Germany international hasn't been able to find any consistency at Borussia Dortmund during the Hinrunde this season.


He's featured in less than half of Dortmund's Bundesliga games already, while Schulz has also been used sparingly in the Champions League.


Signed as Marcel Schmelzer's long-term replacement, Borussia Dormtund manager Lucien Favre has at times had to resort to playing Raphaël Guerreiro or Achraf Hakimi at left-back while Schulz continues to adapt to life at the Westfalenstadion.


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