It is time to talk about the talented German winger and latest star of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City – Leroy Sane.
Sane was City’s star man in the 7-0 victory over his former employers Schalke 04 on Wednesday night, scoring one and setting up three goals for the Citizens.
He started his career in Gelsenkirchen and the man who arguably had the biggest influence on him was renowned Schalke youth coach Norbert Elgert.
The winger was undeniably one of the star performers in Schalke’s youth team, paving his way for a senior debut in April 2014.
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Sane has announced himself on the big stage in the 2014/15 season, when came off the bench to score a stunning goal against the Champions League holders Real Madrid and inspired the Royal Blues to a 4-3 victory at the Bernabeu.
His excellent performances for the club earned him the place on Germany’s 23-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2016.
Later in the summer of 2016, the 20-year old winger at the time became part of Pep Guardiola’s revolution at Manchester City. He signed for the club for a fee which could rise up to £46.5 million.
He spent his first season at the Etihad adapting to the physically demanding English football.
However, since the start of his second season, the youngster has established himself as one of the best wingers in the World, constantly making problems for the opposition’s full-backs with his amazing speed and agility.
Leroy Sane was a pivotal figure in City’s record-breaking Premier League campaign in 2017-18, notching up 14 goals and 19 assists in his 40 appearances across all competition.
He was named PFA Young Player of the Year but still didn’t make the German squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. A decision Joachim Low later has regretted, as the defending champions were knocked-out of the competition in the group stage.
In the current campaign, Sane has already racked up a staggering 14 goals and 17 assists for Manchester City.
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The fact that he is already close to overhauling his excellent numbers from last season says enough about his development and progress.
He is unstoppable in the final third. His runs on the flank usually end with a goal or assist from the young winger.
“Leroy, I think, is the best player in the world [playing] wide and making runs in behind,” Guardiola said recently.
“We prefer to use him where he is strong. His strength, I believe, is wider – one against one. There I think he is an incredible player.”
Leroy Sane is only 23 years old, and under Pep Guardiola’s tutorship, he will only get better and better.