Leroy Sane, whose father Souleymane is also a former Bundesliga striker, is a graduate of Schalke's famous 'Knappenschmiede' youth academy, where he arrived at the age of nine.

After making his professional debut in April 2014 he caught the eye in his first UEFA Champions League game in March 2015, coming off the bench away to Real Madrid in the last 16 and scoring a sensational goal and creating another. In 2015/16 he became a first-team regular at Schalke and was included in Germany's UEFA EURO 2016 squad, but only made his first appearance as a substitute in the 2-0 semi-final defeat to France.

That same off-season he moved to Manchester City as one of the most expensive German transfers of all time, swiftly making great progress under Pep Guardiola's guidance. Sane's qualities are undisputed and hold great promise. His speed, technical ability and strength in one-on-one situations in particular are rare and in great demand at the highest level.

His Catalan coach believes he has the potential to become a world-class player: "As a former coach of the best player in the history of the game I can say that. I also know that Sane can still get better. With talent like his it would be a shame if we didn't try to achieve his full potential."