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Oliver Kahn says Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sané is responsible for his performances

Leroy Sané has fallen short of expectations so far at Bayern Munich. But will this be his legacy? History shows there is plenty of time to turn this around.

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Is there still time for Leroy Sané to turn his time at Bayern around? Yes. Oliver Kahn spoke about the German winger’s play and the swirl of talk surrounding his performance. Kahn promised to support the 25-year-old but is also making him responsible for his performance.

“As a club, it’s our job to see what we can do now so that Leroy wants to perform at Bayern. It always takes two — he has to want that.” Kahn told kicker. Kahn already defended the player previously, when he addressed the criticism of Sané last December. He told Sport Bild at the time: “I have known FC Bayern for a long time and know that new players need time to arrive fully — especially since Leroy came to us from a serious injury.”

The former Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper also commented on the home crowd boos against the winger in the match against 1. FC Köln. Kahn recalled his early days as a goalkeeper with Bayern and remembered similar treatment. “It’s nothing nice. That happened to me too when I moved to Munich at an early age. For Leroy, it’s about putting it away and processing it,” Kahn recalled. Considering how Kahn’s legacy with Bayern ended up, Leroy still has plenty of time to redefine his legacy with the German champions.

Sané had to watch from the bench for an hour as Bayern thrashed Hertha 5-0 on Saturday. Nagelsmann has given preference to Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry who are in far better form at the moment. Musiala has already taken over as Bayern’s #1 winger but there is still an opportunity for Sané to earn a starting spot in this squad.

Leroy Sané is an exceptional player with incredible ability and talent. He had 84 goal contributions in 135 appearances at Manchester City but has not reached those contribution rates at Bayern thus far. Both the club and player are responsible for turning his performances around, but we as fans need to give him a chance. Criticism is fair, but we shouldn’t be attacking our players. All Bayern fans should want the best for our players and their careers.