Bayern Munich’s patience with Leroy Sane will pay off

Leroy Sane has endured slow start to his career at Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Leroy Sane has endured slow start to his career at Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich will get to see Leroy Sane’s best sooner rather than later.

Few transfers make an immediate impact and give a big boost to the team, while most of them need time to settle before delivering top-class performances. Leroy Sane’s move to Bayern Munich falls in the latter group, but there are enough signs to be hopeful about the future.

Sane had to wait for extra 12 months to seal a move to Bavaria. The German Champions were reportedly close to finding a breakthrough in negotiations with Manchester City in 2019, but a severe knee injury scuppered the move, forcing Die Roten had to look at other options.

Die Roten eventually got their man in July 2020 as Manchester City quickly resolved the issue before the end of the last campaign. Sane is the ideal fit for Die Roten in terms of the profile they wanted in the attack and his best days are ahead of him. However, things have not exactly gone the way he wanted until now.

Despite a slow start, fans should be assured and give him time to get back to his best. He is coming back off a serious knee injury that often derails the career of attacking players. The German seemed to have recovered completely, and there has been no indication that he has lost pace due to injury.

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Sane also suffered another knee injury in October that kept him out for four weeks. Since his return, Hansi Flick has been carefully managing his workload. Die Roten need him for long term goals this season and the next few years, so rushing him back to action doesn’t make sense. He is likely to have a much bigger impact in the Ruckrunde, and good management of his workload will mean that he will be ready for the latter stages of the Champions League.

In terms of numbers, Sane is doing fine for Die Roten in the limited number of opportunities.  He has three goals and three assists in nine appearances this season, averaging a goal or assist in every 65 minutes in the Bundesliga. In his best PL campaign for Manchester City, Sane averaged goal and assist in 96 minutes. On the evidence of these numbers, he is on track to have the best season of his career. (Stats courtesy: fbref)

Moreover, Sane has been making a tremendous impact from the bench. He has been scoring crucial goals as a substitute that eventually have a big say on the outcome of the game. The standout goal from the bench came against Borussia Dortmund in the 3-2 win at Signal Iduna Park.

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Sane’s arrival has improved competition in the squad. Competition for places has been one of the contributing factors to the brilliant form of Kingsley Coman. A player like Sane can provide a different dimension to Bayern’s attack. Speaking to Sport1 last week, club president Herbert Hainer also insisted that patience with Sane will eventually pay off. It is just a matter of time before Sane is back to his best.