Timo Werner was without doubt one of the breakout stars of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old was the league's best and most prolific German striker, scoring 21 goals and providing a further eight assists.

Werner's talents were apparent from an early age. He joined VfB Stuttgart when he was six and became the club's youngest-ever professional debutant in 2013 when he appeared at the age of 17 in the UEFA Europa League. A few months later he became Stuttgart's youngest goalscorer and also the youngest player ever to hit a brace in Bundesliga history.

Werner's performances fluctuated in the subsequent three years - he found the net 13 times in almost 100 top-flight outings for Stuttgart, and primarily caught the eye as a pacy forward able to play on the counter-attack. Following Stuttgart's relegation he joined Leipzig in mid 2016 and made huge strides in his development there. He learned to win the ball more effectively and to become actively involved in the promoted side's build-up play. Such was his improvement that Werner became Leipzig's first-choice striker, playing himself into the reigning world champions' squad.

In March 2017 Germany coach Joachim Low invited Werner into the senior set-up for the first time. He made his starting debut in a 1-0 win over England, becoming RB Leipzig's first full Germany international.