The Pep revolution continues at Manchester City and the Spanish manager has been able to bring in one of the hottest properties in the world of football to the Blue half of Manchester. Yes, we are talking about the signing of Leroy Sane, the German wonder kid who is expected to achieve a lot of success under the tutelage of the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager.
Sane can play almost anywhere in attack and the 20-year-old attacker seem sure to start a lot of games for Manchester City. There is a lot of concern from English pundits that the German could be the end of the road for another expensive young signing that City made last season.
Raheem Sterling was expected to turn things around and get better after leaving Liverpool for a massive fee but all he achieved was sullying his name and also making a number of Manchester City and England fans upset about his performances last season.
The English attacker couldn’t hit the form he did for Liverpool a couple of seasons ago and it does seem that the 20-year-old Sane could very well be looking to replace the English attacker. Looking at the stats from last season, the Schalke youngster actually scored eight goals in the Bundesliga for the German side while Raheem only chipped in with six goals in the Premier League.
Even though both players can star out wide, it was Sane who seemed to be better at creating chances and providing assists for his team. The German chipped in with six assists in the Bundesliga while Raheem Sterling only came in with two assists in 31 appearances for Manchester City.
The impact that the German had for the side also saw him lands a couple of man-of-the-match awards in the Bundesliga last season while Raheem didn’t win any such award during the entire campaign last time around.
While Sane did have better outputs in terms of goals and assists last season, the surprising fact is that Sterling actually provided a greater number of key passes per game compared to Sane. In fact, the English star also had a better passing completion rate and also a greater number of passes per game, something that you might not have expected to hear.
This just proves a fact, Sterling is not the best at the top of the attack and more often than not he is known for missing easy chances, something that Pep would certainly be looking to work on this season.
One fact does remain and that is both Sane and Sterling could play on either side of attack with David Silva playing down the middle. Sane might not be the one to replace Sterling but if the Englishman does not pick up the work rate and impress Guardiola till December, he could be shipped out earlier than many would have expected.