We’re only five games into the Premier League season but it’s been business as usual for Manchester City, despite being held to a draw against Wolves. The only thing that’s changed is that Guardiola’s men now have Chelsea, Liverpool and Watford for company near the top of the table.
Unlike years past, City only signed two players over the summer in Philippe Sandler and Riyad Mahrez which was a change from their usual yearly transfer window splurge. While City only signed one major player over the summer, Liverpool and Chelsea spent heavily as they look to topple the Manchester side from the top of the table. Despite that, City should still be regarded as probably the top contender to win the title, and worryingly for the rest of the league, don’t look like they’ve even got out of third gear.
Despite Kevin De Bruyne being out, City have cruised through the early part of the season as Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Mahrez have all picked up the slack to help a City side that has already scored 14 goals this season. One player who hasn’t featured much for the club so far this season is Leroy Sane, who after missing out on Germany’s World Cup squad, was left on the bench for the early part of the season.
Another star to emerge from the famed Schalke 04 academy, Sane joined City in 2016 for £37 million, and although he was seemingly ostracised by Guardiola for the first four games of this year, the German still has the potential to be one of the best in the world.
Last season was the year where the Germany international really showed the league just how good he is as he scored 10 goals and created a further 15 in 32 games in the Premier League. With the amount of attacking talent within the team, to play such a prominent role in the team shows not only the talent Sane possesses but also how much Guardiola does rate him.
While it’s unsure why Guardiola decided to drop the German international, he’s still a massive part of not just City’s present but also their future. While Sterling and Mahrez are both superb players, Sane is probably the best of three. Not only does he have searing pace but also the ability to beat players easily, importantly, he also has the intelligence to make great runs and pick up pockets of space.
Still only 22, Sane is not even anywhere near close to his full potential. Moreover, within a squad packed full of superb talent and under the best manager in the world, the German is going to develop into one of the best players not only in Europe but also in the World. He just simply has to wait, learn and bide his time.
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