Cologne - As a conveyor belt for young talent, the Bundesliga is unmatched worldwide. Germany reaped the benefits with success at the FIFA World Cup 2014, while top-flight youngsters have been leaving quite the mark in international age-group sides this summer.

Over the course of this five-part series, will run the rule over 25 players of 20 or under, all of whom are set to make an impact in 2015/16. With no further ado, here's part two...

Julian Weigl

Date of birth: 08/09/1995

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga 2 appearances: 38

Strong in the tackle and blessed with wonderful vision, if his development continues Weigl will be a cornerstone of Dortmund's central midfield for years. Signed from TSV 1860 Munich this summer after becoming the club's youngest ever captain and playing an influential role in the fight against relegation in 2014/15, the 19-year-old enjoyed an impressive tournament at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2015. Despite his age and the stiff competition for places, however, Weigl is bullish about making the grade at BVB. "I hope to be in the squad and to play," he told "I'm not coming to play in the youth team."

Felix Platte

Date of birth: 11/02/1996

Club: FC Schalke 04

Bundesliga appearances: 2

Centre-forward Platte was just a couple of inches away from becoming a household name last season. Having replaced Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the first half of Schalke’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash with Real Madrid CF in February, Platte's powerful second-half strike against the European champions struck the crossbar and bounced back into play. It would have been the perfect way for the 19-year-old to announce himself on Europe's biggest stage. After injury problems limited him to only two Bundesliga appearances last term, Platte has featured in all of the Royal Blues' pre-season friendlies so far, with the aim of making a full breakthrough in 2015/16.

Andreas Christensen

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Date of birth: 10/04/1996

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Bundesliga appearances: N/A

Regarded as one of Europe's finest defenders for his age, Christensen, on loan at Gladbach from English champions Chelsea FC, made his full international debut in Denmark’s 2-1 victory over Montenegro in June. A classic ball-playing centre-half, standing above six feet tall makes the 19-year-old as dangerous in the air as he is with the ball at his feet, he will join a growing Danish youth contingent in the German top flight, which also includes Bremen's Jannik Vestergaard and Bayern's Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg. Christensen is likely to come on leaps and bounds under the stewardship of the tactically astute Gladbach coach Lucien Favre.

Ulisses Garcia

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Date of birth: 11/01/1996

Club: SV Werder Bremen

Bundesliga appearances: N/A

As talented off the pitch (he is fluent in three languages: German, French and Portuguese) as he is on it, Bremen reportedly beat off a host of top clubs to sign Garcia this summer. Indeed, as he told, Bremen's focus on youth was "the most important reason for the decision". Possessing an impressive turn of pace and a strength which belies his 19 years, the three-time Swiss U-19 international left-back is "most comfortable with the ball at his feet" and netted his first goal in green and white in a recent friendly.

Mahmoud Dahoud

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Date of birth: 01/01/1996

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Bundesliga appearances: 1

The Syrian-born Dahoud, who joined Gladbach from Fortuna Düsseldorf’s academy in 2010, has long been tipped to reach the very top. The Foals have so far been cautious with the precociously talented central midfielder; he made his only Bundesliga appearance to date towards the end of last season against Borussia Dortmund, while he has been eased into action in the UEFA Europa League, but a sign of the hierarchy's faith in Dahoud's potential came this time last year, when sporting director Max Eberl extended his professional deal until 2018.

Ones to watch - Part I
Ones to watch - Part III
Ones to watch - Part IV
Ones to watch - Part V