After being the subject of a drawn out transfer pursuit and ultimately accepting one of the richest contracts in Bayern Munich history, Leroy Sane went out and had an....okay (!?) season.
There were ups and downs and multiple bouts with confidence and consistency, but overall Sane made progress in his first season after tearing his ACL with Manchester City. Still, the Germany international knows he is being counted on to produce at a high rate.
Sane, however, does not think he game should be judged solely by how many goals he scores or how many assists he records.
“I don’t want to be measured only by goals and assists. If I get fewer goals and assists, but I manage to decide really important games in the Bundesliga or the Champions League and win titles, then it could be a very good season,” Sane told Bild’s Tobi Altschäffl (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “I’m certainly on the verge of a very important season, but for example my first season at Manchester City was also a very big challenge. It was my first season abroad and in a world class club.”
Like it or not, Sane will have to accept the responsibility that comes with his contract and the expectations of a fan base that eagerly awaited his arrival for 18 months. Now that he is two years removed from his ACL injury and has already had one year of acclimation period with Bayern Munich, Sane should be well-equipped to show his true self this season.
The 25-year-old is immensely talented and could be a true “X-factor” for Bayern Munich this season if he can put it all together.