A new club crest, a new coach, but a familiar desire to be at the pinnacle of their trade; Manchester City are rocking the cradle of their spell at the top tier of English football as well as Europe in a commendable manner. Post the Arabian influx, the blue half of Manchester have gone toe-to-toe with the top teams across Europe and to carry the team forward, none other than the genius tradesman, Pep Guardiola, is entrusted with the responsibility.
The Spaniard has inherited a blessed squad from Manuel Pellegrini but has found it quintessential to further bolster his squad with the addition of Ilkay Gündoğan and Nolito. Guardiola is a perfectionist and has his tactical nous heavily invested in the transfer market to find that cutting edge, and lately, a promising young stalwart in the shape of Leroy Sané is reportedly drawing a lot of attention from the blue half of Manchester. The transfer speculation has initiated a wildfire in terms of the attention it is seeking at the moment, but will the novice fit under Guardiola’s regime?
Sané is predominantly a left-footed winger whose versatility to play even as a secondary striker and posing as a genuine goal-scoring threat to the opponents is known very well. The 20-year-old’s staggering obsession with possession, blistering pace and dribbling will particularly attract the new Manchester City boss and can make a notable impact for his new venture as the youngster advocates for a high-intensity game which Guardiola also employs. He provides audaciousness, creativity and quality with a seemingly effortless flair which is why his demands are rocketing with every passing day.
The German international netted on eight occasions and bagged six assists from 33 appearances, also clocking 1.8 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game in the German Bundesliga last campaign for Schalke 04. His knack for goals, work rate in covering every blade of the grass, cutting in from wide areas and enormous defensive contributions highlight the reasons why he is valued at the excess of £40 million. There is a genuine dearth in attacking and versatile bunch of personnel in the market which makes a blossoming star like Sané so valuable.
Under Guardiola, the winger can challenge the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jesús Navas as well as Samir Nasri in the attacking frontiers. He has just put his feet in the third decade of his life and has many good years ahead of him. He is, in no way, a finished product and needs thorough improvisation but considering the fearlessness for the challenges Sané has cultivated, Guardiola should rest assured and try to lure him to his camp as he assembles his side to help them to once again reclaim the summit of English football.
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