What seems more like two individual transfers rather than a swap deal, Bayern’s interest in City’s wideman has led to the Manchester-based side looking for a replacement. But who gets the better deal?
Kingsley Coman vs Leroy Sane – Playing Differences
It’s an interesting question. Both players are mercurial wide attackers, capable of creating something from nothing. They’re also both only 23 years old. However, the main difference comes in end product. Playing regularly in the past few seasons for Pep Guardiola’s City side has given Leroy Sané plenty of time to develop his finishing ability – something that is now seen as one of his great strengths.
Kingsley Coman is more adept technically; his ability to keep the ball close to his feet before making devastating runs at the full backs is up there as one of the best in world football. However, he has featured ten times in the Bundesliga this season for the German champions, holding only one goal and one assist. Hardly remarkable figures. Nevertheless, his contribution to general play has improved greatly since his move from Juventus, averaging 1.8 key passes per game and successfully completing 3.3 dribbles. Promising.
Furthermore, it is not exactly like Coman is starved of playing time. A move to Manchester City could see his minutes on the pitch drop magnificently. Leroy Sané is yet to feature in the Premier League this season. Despite this, turn the page back a year and you’ll see exactly what kind of player he can be. Twenty one starts. Ten goals. Ten Assists.
I’ll admit, injury and lack of selection has certainly stunted his progress, but he still possesses the potential to be one of the best forwards in the world. Pep needs to play him. Strength in depth is one thing but reluctance to use a top talent like Sané will see the German walk out the door without a second thought. In January or the summer remains to be seen.
Overall, Sané is the better talent. A deadly finish and regular playing time last campaign in elite level competitions, the German just about edges it. Kingsley Coman’s recent improvements have warranted interest from other clubs, but he is not yet at that elite level. We are sure that’ll change.
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