According to a report from kicker (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), however, that seems to be exactly how Bayern Munich will be evaluating Sane and his wing mates Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman.
On paper, Sane had 10 goals and 12 assists in 44 games, while Gnabry (11 goals, seven assists in 38 games) and Coman (eight goals, 15 assists in 39 games) were both solid as well. Still, the expectations at Bayern Munich is that wingers have to be productive — and consistent. Unfortunately for all three wingers, consistency was the primary issue:
Internally, the club expects more goals and assists from Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and especially Leroy Sané this season. The latter is particularly under more pressure due to the big investment made by the club to sign him [Kicker]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 11, 2021
This news probably will not be well-received by Sane, who appears to be sensitive about how he has been judged by the club and its fans. Last season Sane made terrific strides in becoming a more well-rounded player, but certainly did not live up to the lofty — and unrealistic — expectations that many fans had for him after an 18-month courtship.
Coman is already said to want a new, rich deal, which might make his future at the club tenuous, while Gnabry struggle to put together a string of consistent performances last season.
All three players have an insane amount of talent, but if that skill is only on display one out of every five or six games, Bayern Munich might be inclined to explore other options.
This story absolutely has bearings, as sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic spoke in late June about needing to see a return on the investment he made in Sane. As for Coman and Gnabry, their situations are also tenuous.
Coman’s contract battles have already went public and have been somewhat hostile at times. Coman’s deal ends in 2023 and Bayern Munich will need to decide if it can meet top-shelf salary demands that Coman — and his team — require.
Gnabry’s deal also ends in 2023, but no news have been revealed on whether or not his agent has engaged the club in any talks as of yet.
If the trio cannot live up to the expectations that Bayern Munich has for them, manager Julian Nagelsmann could look at using Jamal Musiala more (Editor’s Note: Musiala should be a starting wing) or even look toward younger players like Armindo Sieb.
Bayern Munich has also experimented in using Omar Richards as a wing, after a disappointing stint playing left-back, while Alphonso Davies could also push up to wing if Josip Stanisic continues his excellent play at left-back.
At a minimum, Nagelsmann has some intriguing options.