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What should Germany do with Leroy Sane?

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Bayern Munich’s talented winger is in a rut, but can he work himself out of it? More, does he have time to get right?

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Bayern Munich star Leroy Sane has pretty much had two years to forget.

The marvelously talented, yet wildly inconsistent wing man suffered an ACL tear while at Manchester City in 2019 — which likely thwarted an early transfer to Bayern Munich — and then finally transferred to Bavaria in 2020, where he just had an ridiculously up-and-down campaign.

In between all of that, Sane has played for Germany where his inconsistency was once again...consistent.

At the Euro 2020 tournament, Sane has found himself mostly used — and viewed — as a bench player, but once Thomas Müller was deemed too injured to start against Hungary, Sane got the call.

It did not go well.

Not confident on the ball and unfocused at times off of it, Sane struggled mightily. His movement was almost non-existent at times and he showed virtually no creativity. For Bayern Munich fans, these are major red flags, but the club game is a topic for another day. For now, Germany is the focus and Sane might not have enough time available to sort himself out.

Is he disinterested? Is he still feeling the effects of that aforementioned ACL injury? Is this all in his head? No one knows...maybe not even Sane. One thing is for certain, though, Joachim Löw does not have time to let Sane’s issues work themselves out. As high as Sane’s ceiling might be, Löw probably cannot use him as a start again.

At this point Sane is firmly behind Müller, Serge Gnabry, and Kai Havertz on the frontline pecking order and really has not done anything of late to distinguish himself over Timo Werner, Kevin Volland, or Jamal Musiala either.

Heading into Wembley Stadium against England is a tough enough challenge, so this will be yet another opportunity for Löw to roll out his best XI...but will he finally do it?

There will be tough choices to make (well, at least to Löw): Leon Goretzka or Ilkay Gündoğan? Niklas Süle or Matthias Ginter? Choosing two from Sane, Gnabry, and Havertz?

How will Löw handle those situations? The good thing is...we won’t have to wait long to find out.

And what happens if he does not make the right calls? Well, those will no longer be his choices to make.


What would you do with Leroy Sane against England?

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What would you do with Leroy Sane against England?

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  • 7%
    Start him and hope his talent shines through.
    (91 votes)
  • 59%
    Use him as a sub where his pace and skill can be a weapon.
    (725 votes)
  • 20%
    Keep him as a deep reserve in the event Germany gets totally desperate.
    (251 votes)
  • 11%
    Don’t even dress him, he’s a mess.
    (145 votes)
1212 votes total Vote Now