Bayern Munich winger, Leroy Sane can’t wait to make his debut for the Bundesliga champions as he looks to emulate Arjen Robben -in number and style.
Sane will be wearing the number 10 jersey dropped by the former winger who has now return to Groningen after last playing for the Bavarian.
Robben, a former Netherland international was a menace to many defenders in his prime with his magical left foot that sees him win many laurels for the club which included their fifth Champions League.
Apart from Robben, The number 10 jersey was most recently worn by Coutinho. Other club legends that have won the number include Lothar Matthäus, Mehmet Scholl, and Stefan Effenberg.
Sane had avoided wearing the number at his official unveiling out of respect to the Coutinho but is excited to pull it on. So, he is expected to wear soon for Bayern’s trip to fifth-tier FC Düren in the DFB Cup on 11 September.
“The No.10 means a lot to me. It’s still very well respected, many great players have worn it. For me, the 10 is a little extra motivation.”
He is also hoping to cut inside from the right and score with his left, like Robben.
“I hope it will happen every now and then,” he concluded with a smile.
The European champions will have to defend their crowns without the services of Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Peric, who had joined the club on a season loan from Barcelona and Inter Milan respectively last season. This will create a chance for Sane, who began his senior career at Schalke 04.
Having the winger who has proven his mettle shows their intent to add more strength to the squad.
Sane finally returned to Germany from Manchester City in July after overcoming a ruptured cruciate ligament. The Germany international scored 30 goals and 37 in all competitions across his previous two full seasons with City. Such a return rate shows the excitement at Sane’s acquisition.
Where will Leroy Sane play in Bayern Munich?
Sane has played majorly on the left wing. This means he likely to challenge Kingsley Coman for that spot in the Bayern side after the depature of Perisic and Coutinho.
The Bavarians could further have more firepower if they succeded in signing Perisic permanently. Having played from the right mostly for City, Sane would like to line up on the opposite flank. This will be a huge competition against Serge Gnabry.
“My favourite position’s on the right-wing, that’s where I feel most comfortable,” Sane explained to Kicker with a statement.
“But I’ve got no problem on the left. At City, I usually played on the left; in my youth and at Schalke, on the right. Pep [Guardiola] pushed me to the left, it helped me. Many players can only play on one side…”