The transfer saga that has had some Bayern Munich fans on the edge of their seats, fuming in their offices and generally just pulling their hair out for months now is finally over. Leroy Sane is a Bayern Munich player at last, and I can sit in my office in peace (Please, Svenja).
However, this is a transfer that was meant to go through around a year ago, before the man got injured in the Community Shield game against Liverpool. Since then, he has had surgery on his cruciate ligament rupture and sat out the game for a year, will he still be the same player? Was the £55 million transfer fee worth it?
Thankfully for Bayern Munich fans, Leroy Sane hasn’t been out the entire time of course. He did make a cameo appearance for Manchester City for 11 minutes against Burnley, so he does have some game time in him. Another plus, of course, is that Pep Guardiola seems to believe that he was good enough after the injury to have a place in his side that is overflowing with big stars.
If that wasn’t enough, rumours were abound that Manchester City even tried to get Leroy Sane to sign a new contract before eventually giving in to Bayern Munich’s offer. This is likely to be a dream come true for the young German, who will finally be able to play for the biggest club in his homeland, and will most certainly win a Bundesliga in his time there. But will he be a starter?
The New Challenge
Bayern Munich’s list of players with high talents is seemingly endless. Sane will already have to contend with the stalwarts of Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, who have both been highly impressive this season.
Not only that, but Kai Havertz is another name that has been constantly linked with a move to Bayern in recent days and can also play on the wing. This shouldn’t be too much for Sane to contend with, as Havertz plays more on the right, if deployed in the position, whilst he plays on the left. However, Leroy will definitely have to hit the ground running, or sprinting, if he is expecting to displace one of Bayern’s fluent attacking force.
National Team Recognition Incoming
Although Leroy Sane already has over 20 caps for Die Mannschaft, he wasn’t taken to the 2018 World Cup, with Julian Brandt favoured over him. Generally, he hasn’t been the first name on the team sheet for the national team, something he will surely hope to change by moving to his country’s biggest club.
It will certainly put him in the bigger spotlight for coach Joachim Loew, who will be more likely to hear of his exploits than when he was at Manchester City. Overall, Leroy Sane in just 24 and, although this was a huge injury, he is young enough to overcome it and come out perhaps stronger and more experienced because of it.