Despite having played less than 40 professional games, Leroy Sane is already being linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs. But having seen plenty of young players move for big fees and flop in the past, Sane should wait before making the move to one of Europe’s elite.
Reports have recently linked Sane with a big money move to a host of clubs. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been mentioned in relation to a possible bid for the player for a fee of around £40 million.
Sane’s career has gone from strength to strength since being given his debut by former Schalke manager Roberto di Matteo, a time which also involved him scoring a wonderful goal against Real Madrid on his Champions League debut last season. Due to his brilliant from, he has already become a first team regular at the club.
If Sane was to move to another club now, he wouldn’t get this game time. He has already played 27 league games for the club, given that he only made his first team debut in April 2014. Since Schalke sold another attacking midfielder, Julian Draxler, to Wolfsburg in the summer, Sane has stepped up and become one of the German side’s main men.
In the past, we have seen a number of highly skilled youngsters join a European super club and spend years on the bench. At just 20 years of age, Sane still has years left to improve at Schalke before moving to a bigger side. He will undoubtedly have to move to a bigger side to fulfil his true potential, but now is not the time.
He has shown in the Bundesliga that he does have all the natural talent needed to be a top player. Often starting on the left of attacking trio, most of Sane’s goals and assists have come from collecting the ball in a wide position before cutting inside to work his magic.
If the chance comes along now, or even in the summer, to move to a club at the top of one of Europe’s biggest leagues, he should reject it, however hard that could be. If he were to spend another 18 months in Germany with Schalke, he will become a top player, and then will be his time to move.