Manchester City obviously meant to sign Mané and not Sané

When Leroy Sane joined Manchester City for £37million plus add ons, many thought that the Citizens had secured a player who would stand out amongst the league’s best wingers. In reality, though, the German winger hasn’t lived up to the hype in his debut Premier League season.

Arriving from Schalke 04 after being linked with Barcelona, Leroy Sane had been impressive in both the Bundesliga and Champions League. But was Sane really worth the transfer sum which is expected to rise to over £40million? That money could have bought you a Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese man has been sensational this season with 11 goals and four assists in 22 appearances – Sane has managed just two Premier League goals this season. Whilst people may argue that Sane is younger and an investment for the future, when you cost over £40million, you’re expected to perform. It’s not like Sadio Mane is ancient in comparison, he’s only 24 himself. The former Southampton man would have definitely been the better option.

Should we be giving the German more time to prove himself? Sane’s already had half a season and he hasn’t looked any better than Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser. Whilst he hasn’t been a complete disaster, his performances have been somewhat underwhelming in many games. Even on the assists side of things, one in thirteen Premier League appearances just isn’t good enough – especially not when you have the likes of Sergio Aguero upfront.

 

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No matter what age you are, if your price demands performances, you should be living up to your hype. Leroy Sane wouldn’t even make a top 15 for best Premier League wingers this season, he needs to show much more. Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, Raheem Sterling looks to be playing well for Pep Guardiola at the moment, he’s making Leroy Sane look average by comparison. Hopefully we can see something similar to this in the second half of the campaign…

 

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Why is so much expected of players in this league? Quite simply, the bar has already been set and the benchmarks are very high. Dele Alli didn’t need age as an excuse when he arrived to Spurs. But also, there’s players like Jamie Vardy and Michail Antonio who have came through the English league’s pyramid. Effectively, don’t expect to be given time when you’ve been hyped up and bought for an extortionate amount of money. No one is expecting 20 goals a season from the German winger, just more productivity than currently is happening, more glimpses of class. What makes Leroy Sane better than Matt Phillips? Looking at performances this season, nothing.

If players like Matt Phillips had a more exciting sounding name, they’d probably double their price.  This seems to be the case with Leroy Sane. To be fair, he does sound pretty good – but as noted in his performances in comparison to other Premier League wingers, he’s nowhere near worth the £40+million that Manchester City paid for him.

Cool hair, though.

An underwhelming start to life for Sane at the Etihad, however, with his obvious potential, does the winger make our Manchester-Merseyside combined XI?