This very easily could have been written about Hertha Berlin, RB Leipzig or TSG Hoffenheim, too. However, Koln are a classic Bundesliga side and, as one of the names that many fans of German football grew up hoping to see return to the top, it’s nice to see a truly vintage German side beginning to hit the heights again.

A large club in terms of success and on the pitch today, under the great work is Peter Stoger, Koln feel like they are on the verge of something pretty special. 13 goals from Anthony Modeste was both most unexpected and deeply impressive, as was the rapid development of the team into a fighting unit even when injuries kick in.

Sitting in a fine 7th place at the moment, far above any realistic expectation, Koln feel like they could maybe just do something special after the winter break. With a miserly defence and a forward as clinical at Modeste, the Billy Goats know that it all comes down to how clinical they can remain.

The big Frenchman has been a good player for Koln, replacing Anthony Ujah well since he arrived. He was at one stage the leading scorer in the top European league, back in November, and he has scored 13 of the clubs 21 league goals. The one concern, though, is where the goals will come from when the big man stops his scoring run. With 71% of the clubs goals, he feels too important offensively –a loss of form or an injury could derail the whole season.

If Modeste goes off the boil then this might not be the dream everyone wants to see, but at the moment you can smell the idea of Koln and the Champions League being re-united once again. With just 15 goals conceded so far, though, they are a side that are increasingly hard to beat and with so many decent performances from front to back, developing more as the season continued, it’s hard to see them falling away too much.

While European football would now be the main, the club themselves are being very fair about the chances of such progression. The likes of Jonas Hector will need to keep performing at such impressive levels, while there has to be a replacement found for Mergim Mavraj, who just left to go to Hamburg SV. Other than that, though, things are pretty rosy!

Add in the fact that they have not lost a home game since April, and it’s safe to say that, for many Bundesliga fans, the hope of seeing one of the larger German clubs returning to the top is not too far away.