Manchester City managed to defeat everyone in their path in last season’s Premier League, breaking multiple records under Pep Guardiola. One star in the Man City squad was Leroy Sane, a German attacking midfielder. The former star from Schalke was in his second season with Manchester City after joining the Citizens for big money in the previous season.
During the 2017/18 season, Leroy Sane managed to score ten goals along with fifteen assists during the Premier League where he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Everyone thought that he would produce the same standard during the 2018/19 season, but unfortunately, this has not been the case.
Excluded from Germany World Cup Team
The problems for the 22-year-old started when he was excluded from Germany’s World Cup team, a decision made by Joachim Low, the head coach for the German squad. Sane went into summer after experiencing the best run as a professional footballer. There’s no doubt that he should have played in Russia as all cylinders were firing. Instead, he was excluded from the squad which was a very strange decision by Joachim Low.
Failed to Start in Opening Games for Manchester City
Another problem for the German midfielder was not starting for the Man City squad at the start of the Premier League. Sane enjoyed a summer break as he was not selected for the Germany World Cup team, so in essence, he was able to hit the ground running for Manchester City. The majority of the Citizens midfielders were gone due to the World Cup, leaving Sane to start the early top-flight games for Manchester City. However, Sane failed to start any of the top-flight games for Manchester City this season.
There were several reports that Pep Guardiola wasn’t satisfied with his fitness levels and training. However, a couple of days ago Guardiola claimed that he saw the same player who made an impression during last season’s Premier League. The head coach also stated that he excluded Sane not due to his performance but due to the fact that he had several other choices at his disposal.
Sane Should Improve As The Season Continues
Looking at his performance during last season, there’s no doubt that Sane will improve as the season unfolds this year. Manchester City has loads of options for the position that the German midfielder players in, but Sane is undeniably a very talented player who certainly has the potential to become a football star.
From all the talent in the Man City squad, Leroy Sane should play a key role for the Manchester City team. Perhaps his exclusion from the Germany team has knocked him down somewhat and could be the main reason he hasn’t started for Man City in the Premier League as of yet. Another reason could be that Guardiola prefers other players over him.
Hopefully, Sane will start in the next few games and thrive for Manchester City. Sane is an absolute joy to watch and one of the main reasons Man City was so entertaining during last season’s Premier League.