The future of Schalke’s 20 year old dynamo, Leroy Sane, is currently the most discussed topic in Germany outside of the national team’s performance at the World Cup. If German media is to be believed, Sane is now deliberating between two interesting options. Either immediately join Man City and Pep Guardiola for £40 million or stay at Schalke for another year before joining Bayern Munich for £37 million with Carlo Ancelotti assuring him he will be a starter right away.
“Leroy has yet to mature, but he has a way of playing that can make all the difference”, commented Schalke’s Sporting Director, Heldt.
The above quote originates from October, 2015. This is an apt description of the player even now. He has progressed over the last season and definitely possesses a playing style and ability that is a difference maker. Jogi Low clearly agrees, hence Sane’s inclusion in the senior German team. To even put into perspective how big of a prospect he is, two of the best managers in the game are keen on securing his signature.
The reported fees for Sane are huge but for those who are familiar with him can attest to him possessing the abilities that justify any price tag. His versatility, strength and technical skills are already outstanding. Though he is a wide player who demonstrates a penchant for dribbling, he is not a simplistic speedster. He is most likely to be witnessed beating opponents through hard work and ball manipulation than simple pace. When he’s not taking on and dismissing opponents, he can be seen cutting inside to get involved with the attacking play of his team.
Composure and consistency are not surprisingly, due to youth, Sane’s biggest weaknesses right now. He’s been called out for drifting through games at various points this past season, which is a shame given his ability as a difference maker when on song. Polishing his composure in front of goal while seeing to it he is constantly involved in the play, will see Sane develop into quite the attacker.
The decision Sane now has to make is tough. We’ve repeatedly heard it stated that German players dream of playing for Bayern Munich. It would not be a surprise if Sane has similar ambitions. On the other hand, Guardiola is one of, if not, the greatest football mind in the game right now and it’s hard to imagine that Sane isn’t mulling over how his game could improve under Pep’s tutelage.
Sane is still quite young, he’s yet to play his 50th Bundesliga game for Schalke and staying at Schalke for another year might just be the best option for him as it regards to his development. Surely, it would allow him a less pressure-filled environment to refine his game but the decision will ultimately be his. Manchester City now or Bayern Munich in a year? Think long and hard Leroy.