Cologne - Alongside cheap ticket prices, world-famous atmospheres and an emphasis on playing attractive, entertaining football, the thing that sets German football apart is the faith that coaches place in youth.

Where clubs in other countries often choose to purchase their talent from abroad, Germany's clubs are happy to reward their youth players by promoting them to the first team and giving them healthy experience of top-level football at a formative time in their careers. takes a look at the latest crop of young talent setting the league alight this season.

If you're picked up by FC Bayern München at the age of 17 and part of the first-team squad under Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola, it's fair to say you're a special talent. Höjbjerg is playing regularly on loan at FC Augsburg this season, and has the potential to be one of the finest midfielders the league has seen for some time.

Top scorer for Germany's UEFA Euro 2014-winning U-19 side last summer, Selke had expectations to meet at the start of the season, doing so in quite some style. He has five league goals this season, including strikes in wins over Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and is likely to play a major part in Bremen's rosy-looking future.

Still just 19, Stendera is in his third Bundesliga season with Eintracht Frankfurt, showing on a weekly basis what convinced Armin Veh to give him a top-flight debut back in April 2013. This term he has started 13 matches and scored twice, including this beauty that won him the Goal of the Week Award on Matchday 14.

Having created 118 chances this season, Geis has been one of 1. FSV Mainz 05's standout performers this term, and it's clear the 21-year-old is revelling in his role of midfield orchestrator. "Before, young players didn't have much of a say, but nowadays they can take responsibility - in fact they have to," says the Schweinfurt native.

Germany is well-known for producing quality goalkeepers and Mainz's Karius is up there with the best in 2014/15. The 21-year-old was key in the 05ers' eight-match unbeaten run at the start of the season, making crucial saves in draws at Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, and is set to keep goal for Mainz for many years to come.

The latest in a long line of products from FC Schalke 04's renowned Knappenschmiede academy, Sane scored his first goal for the Royal Blues' first team in the 2-1 defeat to 1. FC Köln on Matchday 15, but it was the 19-year-old's stunning strike in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid CF that truly announced his arrival on the big stage.

Injuries to fellow keepers Ralf Fährmann and Fabian Giefer paved the way for Wellenreuter to make his senior Schalke debut in their 1-1 draw at FC Bayern in February - perhaps a little earlier than the 19-year-old had expected. The Karlsruher-born custodian has repaid the faith shown in him with a string of impressive performances, not least against Real in the Champions League.