Plenty of English players have tested their mettle abroad.

Steve McManaman, Michael Owen and David Beckham are just a few that went to Madrid to join the Galacticos, with the latter also going on to LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

Gary Lineker also made the switch to La Liga, thriving during a spell at the Nou Camp in the late-1980's and also making a rather bizarre move to Nagoya Grampus in 1992.

More recently, former Arsenal youth prospect Marcus McGuane made his debut for the Catalan giants last month, while Jamie Hopcutt and Curtis Edwards have been part of Swedish side Ostersunds' surprise Europa League campaign.

Another name has come to the fore in recent years, however, and that is #Osayamen Osawe, playing for FC #Kaiserslautern in Germany's second tier.

Never heard of him?

You're probably not the only one - Osawe's footballing career never really kicked off on British shores.

Born in the Edo State region of Nigeria, he relocated to Manchester as a young boy, settling in Cheetham Hill and signing on at Manchester City as a youth player.

He didn't make the grade for the Sky Blues but moved on to Blackburn Rovers where he had more success, playing against Premier League regulars Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Aké in an FA Youth Cup final.

Still, a break into English professional football wasn't to be for Osawe at Ewood Park, and the striker found himself turning out for non-league Southport.

As a 20-year-old, desperate to kick-start his career, he made the decision to start afresh and make the move to the continent, joining German Third Division outfit Hallescher.

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And what a decision that would turn out to be.

It was tough at first - there was the standard culture shock and a whole new style of play to adapt to, a task that the forward struggled with at first.

Speaking to ITV in 2016, he said: "The style was a little bit strange because of the way they play, it was slightly different from England and they train a lot more here.

"In England, we'd train once a day but here in Germany we train twice a day, so when I came here it was a little bit of a shock to my body, at the start, but I've now fully adapted to the German style of play."

Nevertheless, Osawe fought his way into the first-11 at Hallescher and impressed, quickly becoming a fans favourite and scoring a hat-trick against Werder Bremen II in October 2015.

His success earned him a transfer to a higher division

A host of higher-league clubs were interested in signing the young forward, but Osawe chose to join sleeping giants FC Kaiserslautern in 2016.

It was a big move, going from a Third Division side to playing in a 50,000 seat arena for the four-time Bundesliga champions, but the then 22-year-old settled quickly, impressing as part of their front line.

He enjoyed his best moment yet in Germany last weekend - his hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over MSV Duisburg gave FCK three vital points in their bid to avoid relegation.

Osawe will be hoping that he can help to reverse the struggling club's fortunes and put them in a position where they can return to the top flight.

If he picks up where he left off last weekend, then Kaiserslautern's disappointing season will receive a huge boost - as will the player's career prospects.

We could well see a lot more of Osayamen Osawe in the near future. #The English