RB Leipzig have been making quite a splash in their debut Bundesliga season and at the heart of the barnstorming collective effort, several new names have fast-tracked their way to top-flight stardom.
Heading the cast in the eyes of many experts is Naby Keita, who has emerged as the deep-lying creative hub of FC Bayern München's closest current pursuers. Keita joined Leipzig in the summer from Austrian sister club FC Red Bull Salzburg, whom he had helped to successive league and cup doubles. For his contribution to the second of those, the 21-year-old Guinea international was voted the Austrian Bundesliga's Player of the Season.
Despite interest from some big-name clubs around Europe, he then opted for a move to Saxony – saying at the time, “With Leipzig, I have a fantastic chance to take a fresh career step. The prospect of playing for a team with exciting ambitions in the league of the world champions really sealed the deal for me.”