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Two possible replacements for Leroy Sane

Douglas Costa and Jadon Sancho would be the names that might be a perfect match

23/07/2020

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L. Sané, for the last 3 years was one of the best in the Premier League. His pace, his trickery, his end product were a big part of Manchester City’s attack. His head was turned a brief time ago when Bayern München enquired for him. Since then, his performances have declined slightly. With his move confirmed now, we look at two possible contenders who can arrive and provide what the player from Germany did. 

Douglas Costa

D. Costa de Souza is speedy and incisive winger known for his trickery and quick feet. Plays typically on the right-wing but can play on either side of the central striker. This season in Juventus, he wasn’t on his best, but overall it was an uncertain season for the team under new management. He is reportedly unhappy with the amount of game time he is getting under M. Sarri. The competitions for attacking positions and, more importantly, Sarri is not convinced with the player from Brazil for some reason. 

He excelled under J. Guardiola i Sala when they were together at Bayern Munich. At his best, he is merely unplayable. We saw he benched the legendary A. Robben when he went to Munich. Pep Guardiola knows how excellent Costa is and how to get the best out of him tactically. So it looks like Douglas Costa might be the player Pep is looking for as his pace, trickery can be devastating. 

Jadon Sancho

A local Manchester lad grew up in the club’s academy. He left the club a couple of years ago in search of more playing time and what a decision that has turned out. For consecutive seasons, J. Sancho has recorded double figures in both goals and assists in Germany. His record for Borussia Dortmund has been simply outstanding. Still only 21 years of age, the future looks very bright.

Usually plays from the right-wing known for his direct runs in behind the opposition defense. His vision is another prime asset in his game. His crossing ability and passing range are brilliant, and his finishing is improving as well. He can provide healthy competition to R. Mahrez, whose inconsistency is an issue for Pep Guardiola.