USMNT youngster Christian Pulisic has become an integral part of Thomas Tuchel's plans at Borussia Dortmund. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
USMNT youngster Christian Pulisic has become an integral part of Thomas Tuchel's plans at Borussia Dortmund. - © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

Werner, Dembele, Pulisic, Brandt and Öztunali: 2016's top five rising stars

The Bundesliga has long been known as the world's foremost destination for football's young stars, and 2016 has proved no exception.

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RB Leipzig's Timo Werner, Borussia Dortmund duo Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele, Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Julian Brandt and 1. FSV Mainz 05's Levin Öztunali have all enjoyed breakthrough years in 2016. Time to take a closer look at their achievements...

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Timo Werner(RB Leipzig), 20

Werner left hometown club VfB Stuttgart in summer 2015 after their relegation and joined RB Leipzig, who sit over the winter break. Werner has played a key role in the promoted side's rise up the standings, scoring nine goals in the first half of the season - the joint-best German goalscorer (alongside TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Sandro Wagner) in the top flight.

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Ousmane Dembele(Borussia Dortmund), 19

Dembele was awarded the Best Young Player in France prize for his efforts in 2015/16, before joining BVB from Stade Rennais FC during the summer. The winger ontinued his remarkable rise by making his debut for France in September and ended his first half-season in the Bundesliga with a fine return of four goals and seven assists, as well as earning the Bundesliga's December Player of the Month prize.

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