Used sporadically by Pep Guardiola at the beginning of the season, Leroy Sané has now established himself as one of the key players in this impressive Manchester City side, and he’s only 21.
The young forward has already scored eight goals and helped his teammates out with seven assists in 17 appearances this season, and few players are as in form as the Germany international in the Premier League right now.
Having paid Schalke £45m for Sané, Manchester City knew they would be getting a great talent, but perhaps weren’t expecting him to have such an impact in his second season at the club.
In fact, his potential ability is such that some believe he’ll one day be in the top five players around, including Horst Hrubesch, who managed Germany’s U23s to a silver medal during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
He told France Football: “His potential is immense. He’s on the right track, but let’s give him one or two more years for him to become a complete player. He knows where the goal is and has a disconcerting ease with the ball in his feet.
“At Manchester City, he’s making big steps and Pep Guardiola plays him often. It’s now up to him to perform in the long run and I think that in 2020, he’ll be one of the best players in the world, if not the best. He has the means to do it”.
At this stage, few will disagree with Hrubesch’s statement, but some players will certainly make it difficult for Sané to earn that title.
Neymar, for one, but also the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé and co.
The future is bright.