Manchester City have their new manager in place and now that Pep Guardiola is at the helm, it’s time for the club to build themselves into a European powerhouse.
One way of doing that would be leaning on what the Spaniard has learnt during his time in the Bundesliga, and if he’s looking for someone to sign from his former league, he should look no further than German starlet Leroy Sane.
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene back in 2014, but it was the 2015-16 season that the winger really blossomed into one of the most exiting prospects in Europe.
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Son of former Senegal international Souleymane Sane, the Schalke winger hasn’t quite hit the goalscoring heights of his father, but has the potential to match them, if not surpass them, in the future.
Although it was a forgettable season for Schalke, Sane was a bright spot that shone more often than not. The youngster scored nine goals and attained seven assists in 42 appearances in all competitions, a tidy return for a player’s first full season as a professional.
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Sane can dribble with the ball at speed which regularly panics opposition full-backs, and his good close-ball control makes it even more scary, as he drifts outside and then inside to find space to either thread the killer pass or take a shot at goal.
A classic “get out of your seat” kind of player, he will excite and potentially frustrate in the same measure.
He can be a little careless at times, with the ball at his feet and with his final ball, and can also be bullied on the pitch, so some strength training as he grows would be highly beneficial.
However, in front of goal is where he impresses. Much like another youngster on the other side of Manchester in Anthony Martial, Sane possesses that killer instinct in one-on-one situations and will give opponents headaches all game with his direct approach.
He was also used in a number of different roles for the Gelsenkirchen club last season, deployed on both wings and as a striker. His attributes suit a wide role, but that versatility across the front line would be invaluable to City over the course of a season, especially in the amount of games they should expect to play in every competition.
While the Citizens have already brought in one winger this summer in Nolito, it’s still an area they need to improve on and get younger talent bled into.
Sane would fit both holes, as well as being a potential striker when needed, and combining that with how much he still has to grow as a footballer, he could become a real hero at the Etihad under the guidance of Guardiola.
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