Leroy Sane

Leroy Sané Is Becoming Quite Unstoppable This Season

When he arrived the Etihad last season, many were of the of opinion that this skinny lad with fluffy hair was overpriced and overhyped. He didn’t do much to dispel the doubters in his debut season. Nevertheless, after a slow start to the new season, Leroy Sané is showing the Premier League the sensational wonder-kid he is.

There’s so much inflation in transfer fees today, still, when Manchester City paid £37 million for a relatively unproven 20-year-old midfielder, eyebrows were raised. But Pep Guardiola had seen something in the youngster, something that had made the one time Bayer Leverkusen man a darling of the Schalke fans since making his senior debut in April 2014; the player would blossom in time.

Starry-eyed, with an overwhelming load of expectation on his growing shoulders, Sané arrived the Etihad to work under one of the most decorated managers in club football. A Manchester City debut would provide his baptism into the Premier League high-crescendo atmosphere. The young winger would savour the taste of derby victory as City ran out 2-1 winners at Old Trafford.

Sané played part in 25 other Premier League games for Manchester City. His five goals and three assists helped ensure City a Champions League berth for the 2017-18 campaign. However, that goal return was a notch lower than the eight goals and six assists he contributed in the Bundesliga for Schalke 04 prior to being priced away by the Blues.

Albeit, in a new league for a lad his age, it’d been unfair to expect so much from Sané; huge price tag or not. He voiced this concern in his first City interview obtained by the BBC where he said:

“I think I will need a bit of time to start with because it’s another league and there’s a different style of play, but I think I can adapt very quickly.”

The turn of the new season saw Pep Guardiola splash out over £200 million on new recruits. With most of those players being wingbacks such as Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, it sparked the question of where a player like Leroy Sané would fit in; given that other attacking wingers such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and David Silva were equally vying for places.

It was easy to envisage Sané being the sacrificial lamb in a team overflowing with seasoned professionals. But Pep Guardiola had other ideas. The Spanish gaffer found a way of integrating Sané into his first team and handing him some precious game time. The young German responded in emphatic by putting out his most prolific start to his career, yet.

Three goals from just two Premier League starts – Leroy Sané has now made it five goals from eight competitive appearances for Manchester City this season. It’s a dream start to a League season for a player whose talent was never really in doubt. Sané, alongside Raheem Sterling, who by the way is also in fine form, Pep Guardiola has an arsenal that makes his team one of the most realistic title contenders this season.

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