Leroy Sane, Julian Weigl, Mahmoud Dahoud, Max Meyer and Jonathan Tah (from left) are among the Bundesliga's most talented youngsters. - © © gettyimages
Leroy Sane, Julian Weigl, Mahmoud Dahoud, Max Meyer and Jonathan Tah (from left) are among the Bundesliga's most talented youngsters. - © © gettyimages
Bundesliga

The Bundesliga's Top 20 Under 20: Part I

Head coaches, club scouts and football fans around the world are always seeking to unearth future superstars of the sport and in the Bundesliga, a league famed for its youth academies and the development of young talent, it is no different.

Which unheard of talent will be the name on everyone's lips? Who is the next Robert Lewandowski or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? With the 2016/17 campaign fast approaching, bundesliga.com has a four-part series aimed at outlining the top 20 players, 20 years of age or younger, that you should be familiarising yourself with before the season gets underway...

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Julian Weigl

Date of birth: 08/09/1995

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Holding midfield

Bundesliga appearances so far: 30

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Max Meyer

Date of birth: 18/09/1995

Club: FC Schalke 04

Position: Attacking midfield

Bundesliga appearances so far: 95

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Mahmoud Dahoud

Date of birth: 01/01/1996

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Position: Central midfield

Bundesliga appearances so far: 33

Leroy Sane

Date of birth: 11/01/1996

Club: FC Schalke 04

Position: Right wing

Bundesliga appearances so far: 47

Watch: Sane's Top 5 Bundesliga goals

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With eight goals and as many assists, Leroy Sane was the Bundesliga's most prolific Under-21 player of the 2015/16 campaign. The 20-year-old also rattled off 68 attempts on goal – second at Schalke only to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – had a direct hand in exactly half of all the Royal Blues' clear-cut chances and clocked a joint-league high sprint speed of 35km per hour.

Although he only made one substitute appearance for Germany at UEFA EURO 2016, it is difficult to see the virtuoso left-footer playing anything other than a starring role for club and country in the years ahead.

Jonathan Tah

Date of birth: 11/02/1996

Club: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Position: Centre-back

Bundesliga appearances so far: 45