Jack Beresford lifts the lid on the Borussia Monchengladbach winger, who has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane in the coming months.
Dubbed 'the new Marco Reus' by some corners of the media, Patrick Herrmann is a slightly different prospect to the Borussia Dortmund star but one with bags of potential for the future.
And one club reportedly looking to land the youngster is Tottenham Hotspur, with reports suggesting thatthe Lilywhites could be set to bid for the Bundesliga star. But what do we know about this German talent? Here are five facts to digest.
Gladbach recruited Herrmann when he was just 13 from FC Saarbrucken, where he had previously spent five years, in the summer of 2008.
A winger by trade, Herrmann has represented Germany at seven different levels of youth football from under-16 to under-21 and earned his first senior call-up from Joachim Loew in March 2013 for a World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan, although he has yet to feature for Die Mannschaft.
Speaking to Bundesliga.com about his international hopes, Herrmann said: "I’m not sure hoping is the right word. Things worked out really well against Hoffenheim but I’ll just have to wait and see. If it were to happen [ a call up] then it’d be a great experience for me."
Herrmann enjoyed a first-team debut to remember with Gladbach after coming on as a substitute in a January 2010 Bundesliga clash with Bochum.
Die Fohlen were trailing 2-0 to the Borussia Park visitors at the time but Herrmann wasted no time in making an impact after setting up fellow substitute and debutant Fabian Backer for a goal after being on the pitch for just a minute. Gladbach went on to lose the game but a star was born.
He went on to play ten times for the club in the Bundesliga that season, earning a long-term contract in the process.
The 23-year-old has been an instrumental part of Gladbach’s fantastic start to the season, which has seen the club emerge as surprise title contenders to Bayern Munich.
A 3-1 victory at home to Hoffenheim saw Lucien Favre’s team extend their unbeaten start to the season to 17 games – a tally that matched the club’s all-time record, which was achieved way back in the glory days of the 1970/71 season.
Herrmann was the star against Hoffenheim, scoring twice and setting up Andre Hahn for another.
The club went on to break the record with a 2-0 win away against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League, though the run was subsequently ended by a 1-0 loss away to Borussia Dortmund.
Herrmann set a new record in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season after being substituted in 29 of his 34 league appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach. That tally smashed the previous record of 25 times, which was set over 50 years ago in Germany’s top flight.
Speaking to Fussball.de after he broke the record for the first time, Herrmann said: "I do not think that I was 26 times bad. Nevertheless, I hope that I'm playing again soon 90 minutes."
In 13 Bundesliga games so far this season, the 23-year-old has been hauled off six times.
In 138 Bundesliga outings for Gladbach, Herrmann has scored 25 goals from the wing and attracted plenty in the way of Premier League attention in the process.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes was reportedly considering bringing the German to Old Trafford while Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the attacker.
Speaking on the comparisons with Reus, last year, Herrmann told Bundesliga.com: I've got used to it, although it's not really a comparison of like and like. Marco's a world-class player, the best in Germany at the moment.
"He proves that week-in, week-out. It's difficult to measure me against him. I'm nowhere near his level yet. I just try to give my best in every game, but I can't be compared to Marco right now."