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What Is The Best Move For Man City’s Leroy Sane

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.

Bernardo Silva: Ballon d’Or Favourite After Exceptional Season?

After winning the UEFA Nations League player of the tournament, could Bernardo Silva be in the running for the Ballon d’Or award?

It would be fair to say that Silva has had a remarkable season, he’s won three trophies with Man City and now been a part of the winning Nations League team. However, the Premier League have overlooked the 24-year-old and have shown to be more in favour of Sterling’s efforts and Van Dijk.

It is now being discussed to who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and understandably, Silva’s name is in the mix. 

Virgil Van Dijk is set to be favourite to win the award after his impressive season and a Champions League win. Lionel Messi is also in the running, which is standard. Now that Silva is being recognised for his efforts, maybe the City star will earn another trophy for his collection.

When Bernardo won the Nations League player of the tournament, teammate Ronaldo didn’t seem too impressed, maybe he expected the award himself but if Silva also takes home the Ballon d’Or, how will 5-time winner Ronaldo take that news? 

Personally, I think it’s about time a City player won the award as they have been looked over for years. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and even Leicester have all had more recognition from the French award officials than City have had in a decade.

The closest that a City player has been to take this award home was Kevin De Bruyne last year when he came in 9th place. So can Bernardo Silva set another City record by getting further up that list or even topping it? I really do hope so, I’m just not convinced that he will get as much of a look in as others, after he’s already won one award for his individual efforts this year and several team awards.

‘Absolute Joy To Watch’ ‘Sterling Played Very Bad’ England Fans Split Over Man City’s Sterling Performance

Raheem Sterling captained England for the first time last night on his 50th appearance. The Three Lions lost 1-3 in their Nations League semi-final vs Holland, with Man City team-mate John Stones making a huge error at 1-1, to gift the Dutch a lead in extra-time.

Sterling was voted PFA 2018/19 young player of the season, after playing a pivotal role in City’s domestic treble winning side. The winger finished his campaign with 25 goals and 17 assists, his best stats yet since joining The Blues from Liverpool in 2015.

Sterling is often criticised for his performances in an England shirt, particularly at last summer’s World Cup when fans thought he wasn’t effective enough. Had Harry Kane squared it to Sterling in the semi-final at 1-0, he would’ve been entered into folklore. If only, ey.

Record Bid Planned For Man City’s Sane, What Will Bayern Be Getting For Their Money?

Bayern Munich have stated their interest in German national, and international, Leroy Sane.

After spending much of last season on the bench, trying to compete with one of the most imperious forward lines in football in the world. Sane often found himself lower in the pecking order than Sterling or Silva, rumours are that Sane is looking for an exit.

Bayern has fielded an older squad of late and has been successful in doing so, winning the Bundesliga with only Dortmund giving them a run for their money and the two teams pulling well clear. However, with fielding, an older squad sees retirements, and that includes waving goodbye to the remarkable Arjen Robben. They now need world class replacements.

Sane is a world class player, his pace and vision are excellent, but his competition for a starting line up is Sterling. Guardiola has morphed Sterling for being a player who was almost seen as a one trick pony, in that he offered pace but little else, to one of the best forward players in the Premier League, if not the world. On virtually every other side Sane would be starting week on week.

Sane has impressed at Man City winning PFA young player of the year and perhaps my most memorable moment was THAT free kick against his previous club, Schalke.

Sane arrived from Schalke a talented player, he enters this transfer market after time under the best coach in modern football, and experience training with, on their day, the best team in the world. Sane has never been out of place or not good enough for City, there’s just so much competition on the bench.

His pace might not be quite up to Sterling’s but the Bundesliga isn’t quite as fast as the Premier League, and he could prove a real asset against slower defences than he’s maybe come across in recent times.

German football is also technical, which a grounding under Guardiola will help hugely. Bayern Munich plays an often aggressively attacking game and Sane could be a great fit for this style of play, which would see him getting the game time he’s desperate for.

An interesting summer surely awaits!

Man Utd Fans Want Man City’s Sane – Twitter Reacts To Hoeness Statement

Following the departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at the end of the season, Bayern Munich have turned their attention to Man City’s Leroy Sane.

They see Sane as a direct replacement for the wingers, and with the German currently being a contract rebel at the Etihad, the signs are looking good for the Bundesliga Champions.

Following an indifferent year for Sane, and seemingly out of favour in Pep Guardiola’s plan. With him preferring either Raheem Sterling or Bernando Silva, even Riyad Mahrez for most of the season, it seems all ways lead of out Manchester.

Having been one of Guardiola’s first signings from Schalke for 37m, it seems Bayern Munich want to spend no more than their record fee of 70m. Furthermore, the Citizens are reportedly looking in the region 90m and not looking to budge on that figure.

However, a few Man United fans have jumped on the Sane train, as they look to close the gap to their rivals, and getting a player of Sane’s quality would certainly improve Solskjaer’s squad.

Twitter seems to be a mixed bag of opinions on Sane, as we see below…

Mr Man City Is The Clubs Best Bit of Business – Agreed

This article started its lifespan as describing what we learnt about Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend. The answer was not a lot.

Manchester City are a terrifyingly superior side and, don’t defend high up the pitch if it means trying to outpace Raheem Sterling. You won’t do it.

The news that was more shocking came the next day and it was that Vincent Kompany would be leaving the Citizens after 11 years at the Etihad Stadium.

The definition of being in the right place at the right time, Kompany joined the week before the takeover and, has been a major part in the clubs remarkable success over the years. He’s started a charity, he had a (pretty decent) racehorse named after him, Kool Kompany. And became a true fan favourite at the Etihad.

Huge names came and went for transfer fees you couldn’t imagine Man City spending in 2008, but Kompany was there for the long haul. His modest transfer fee was an irrelevance as he made himself an indispensable part of the team, and eventually the obvious choice for the Captain’s armband. His passion for the club and his role there remained immensely obvious throughout his City career, occasionally bubbling over to losing his cool.

However fans were always happy to overlook this, and were often rewarded, no more so than with his last Manchester City goal, his only this season and his only from outside the box.

Kompany is one of the most loyal and passionate players to have been on City’s books. A true Man City legend who I’m sure people will be talking about in decades to come.

Two of Man City’s Ageing Players Pep Has To Look For Long Term Replacements This Summer

Manchester City’s squad contains some of the most exciting young talents in football, however, it also has plenty of players who have been with the club since their first taste of success.

There is no escaping the fact that some of these old fan favourites will at some point need to leave the club. City are always evolving and looking for the best players out there, and no doubt the players below have provided more than enough value for their money, and they’ll be sure to try to find similar long term investments.

With the old guard soon to be outgoing, Pep Guardiola’s team will be looking to seamlessly integrate any new signings possibly this season with City looking to tie up their summer deals as quick as possible with the club on the verge of back-to-back titles.

We have a look at the two players below…

Sergio Aguero

I hope Aguero is with the club until he retires. However, part of what has made City so imperious is their incredible front line. There are some seriously talented players but none quite as sharp footed. Sterling looks a potential heir to that throne, but then who replaces Sterling? With Mahrez maybe not to the standard, it’s maybe time to start looking for another star striker.

Vincent Kompany

Another one that might not be well received! I don’t want to see Vinny out and again hope he stays with City until he retires. But the captain is an important role to fill and fill correctly. While occasionally hot-headed he is a loyal, passionate player who will wear his heart in his sleeve and be very unselfish in many ways as well as an excellent leader to the many young player’s City has.

A huge act to follow and it would be a hard man to replace. It is more likely that the likes of John Stones will fill this role, but then it’s making sure that there is another young player waiting in the wings as a deputy.

This looks set to be a fascinating transfer window across the whole league, but I imagine several neutral eyes will be on City, and a lot of summer talk will be about what Pep does.

Two Players That Could Be Shown The Man City Door This Summer

If Man City do retain the Premier League title next weekend, Pep Guardiola won’t allow complacency to settle into the squad.

With the need to constantly improve in a league that never sits still, the Spanish manager is always looking for perfection and after such a quiet transfer window last summer, they’ll be no doubt a little turnaround at the Etihad Stadium.

The Manchester City are arguably one of the best teams in the world at the moment, and with such a strong squad there is always going to be huge competition to stay in the squad.

With the summer transfer market approaching, there is likely to be a lot of movement at the top clubs and these are two players I, as a City fan, wouldn’t be mourning the loss off.

Riyad Mahrez

Quite frankly, I would not like to compete with the likes of Aguero or Sterling for game time. There is no doubting that this is one of the strongest forward lines in football at the moment, if not the strongest.

However, I feel Mahrez just isn’t quite up to the standard of the others on the line-up, and I feel that there are other players that City could look to acquire that would further push him down the rankings

Phil Foden

What? I hear you say, he’s one of our own! I agree. However, if anyone needs to go on loan it’s going Foden. I feel in his limited game time at the club his improvement has been enormous, but while there are huge benefits to training with the likes of some of the best in the world there is nothing like game time to hone a players skills.

A player of his talent would be first team material at several Premier League clubs and, a season elsewhere could be the making of a brilliant young player.

Raheem Sterling’s Form Will Be Face The Ultimate Test at Anfield

4:30 on Sunday and Raheem Sterling’s biggest moment of the season will arrive. At this particular ground things always go wrong, yet in a sky blue shirt, he’s not the only one.

However, like with everything to do with Sterling, when he’s part of a struggling team -the Englishmen fast becomes the scapegoat. His critics start typing on default and all of a sudden he’s trending number one on Twitter. The World Cup was proof of the unfair animosity that exists surrounding Sterling. The response from his teammates tells us Sterling has more allies than enemies.

Moreover, Sterling’s keyboard warrior haters have been quiet over recent weeks, for they’ve had nothing to shout about.

By the end of the week, things could all be different.

The first challenge that goes in on Sterling will be met with roaring cheers from the Anfield terraces.

Liverpool will never forgive him, those City fans who acknowledge his uncredited work rate will continue to love him.

Four goals already this season, two of which against Arsenal and Newcastle were quite superb. In a new found left wing position, ‘Raz’  weaved past a few defenders, cut inside and burst the net in the process.

Leroy Sane spent August out of the squad. Club record signing Riyad Mahrez is losing the fight so far with Sterling to make the starting eleven. In the quarter-final at Anfield, Sterling was left out of the side, six months on he’ll be first on the teamsheet.

The odds of a loss at Liverpool are higher than any other side in the Premier League for City. Expect Sterling to take the flack if the seemingly inevitable happens.