For many months of last season, Leroy Sane cut a lonely figure in a City side that completed English football’s first ever domestic treble.
Benched for most of the run-in despite key goals in games against Man United and Liverpool, the form shown by Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan meant the German was nowhere near to be seen in Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven.
All this came after being named the young player in England’s top league in 2017/18. Playing in a front three with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling where the blues recorded 100 points, it came to a point where the 23-year-old seemed to be a certain winner for the Ballon D’or in the coming years.
This season we did see Sane show his quality, yet only in small doses. Games in the Champions League against Hoffenheim and Schalke was where Sane put in performances of his peak ability.
Whether it was a lack of effort or trouble behind the scenes, it seemed there was always a question mark over his performances. This due to his effort most likely, because finding a reason to fault his natural ability is so hard.
16 goals scored in all competitions and 18 assists, what was really keeping the German out of the side is anyone’s guess, or maybe, there are just better in-form players than Sane.
With a £90 million pound transfer fee hanging on his head and Bayern Munich rumoured to be on the lookout, the number 19 is at a potential crossroads with regards to his career. Does he stay and fight for a place with no attacking midfielder likely to come in this summer, or take the hasty move and walk out and return to his native country.
If he can’t guarantee first-team action, Leroy Sane is far too good to be warming up seats on the Etihad bench. With Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling in the form of their lives, Sane cutting his ties may be the best move for all parties.