Munich - Only one of Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler and Mario Götze wears the traditional No10 associated with playmakers, but make no mistake: all three are the embodiment of the modern attacking midfielder.

And the best part for FC Bayern Munich, FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund fans is that, at only 23, Kroos is the eldest of the bunch, meaning these three remarkable young talents are going to be around for a good while yet. takes each of the German internationals under the microscope...

The biggest testament to Kroos' ability is the fact that he has started 22 of 26 Bundesliga matches for the FC Bayern battering-ram this season, keeping seasoned international stars such as Arjen Robben on the bench.

Operating in the centre of an attacking midfield trio, typically flanked by Franck Ribery and Thomas Müller, he has repaid coach Jupp Heynckes' faith in him by smashing in six goals and contributing seven assists. It is also telling that in two of the matches Kroos has not started - against 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 24 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 26 - Bayern struggled to find a breakthrough.

While observers of German football have known all about Götze's talent for some time now, this season has witnessed the 20-year-old - who missed much of 2011/12 due to injury - not only bulk up physically, but add an extra layer of consistency to his game.

Just like Kroos, Götze's favoured position is central behind the striker, which is where he has begun 20 of his side's league games to date this term and seven of their eight UEFA Champions League fixtures. As impressive as his statistics are - eight goals, six assists and an 85.9 per cent pass completion rate - Götze needs to be watched and savoured in action in order to be fully appreciated.

Having recently completed his 100th senior appearance for Schalke, it is hard to believe Draxler is still only 19. Used sparingly in seasons past, the club hierarchy had no issues throwing the local lad into the fray this term, fielding him in the starting XI on 17 occasions, as well as trusting him to perform in the Champions League. The decision has paid dividends, with seven of his ten Bundesliga strikes coming in 2012/13.

Schalke, like Bayern and Dortmund, play with a lone striker supported by a three-pronged attacking midfield. Draxler had filled the left side of that formation, but has been used increasingly centrally since the January departure of Lewis Holtby to Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur FC - and to great effect.

Jonathan Stockitt