Sane's EPL move may backfire on German star

GERMANS IN EPL: (Clockwise from left) Sane, Schuerrle, Oezil, Podolski, Schweinsteiger and Gundogan. Sane is joining a list of German star players who have mostly been sidelined after transferring to English teams.


    Aug 04, 2016

    Sane's EPL move may backfire on German star


    LEROY Sane's transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday follows a well-worn path of Bundesliga talent tempted by high-profile Premier League moves - but many then fail to secure a first-team place in England.

    City have reportedly paid £37 million (S$50 million) for the 20-year-old winger, who has four caps for Germany and 47 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke.

    Sane has bags of potential and will be battling England international Raheem Sterling for playing time at City.

    He will add to the attacking options for coach Pep Guardiola with Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri also vying for starting places.

    The Premier League is arguably the world's most high-profile and physically demanding domestic competition, which does not break for winter.

    Sane announced his arrival with a spectacular Champions League goal in March last year at Real Madrid in Schalke's 4-3 away win in the last 16, as they bowed out 5-4 on aggregate.

    It led to his first Germany call-up at the end of last year.

    Many Schalke fans feel his move has come too soon, something he rejects.

    "I have read many of your comments on social media and many are of the opinion that this switch has come too soon," he wrote on Instagram in an open letter to Schalke fans.

    "I wanted to simply use this chance. You never know what is going to happen in the future and when you'll get an opportunity like this again."

    But as former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is learning at Manchester United, having been made to train with the reserves by manager Jose Mourinho, a dream move to England can quickly sour.

    The 32-year-old has struggled in England and was blighted by knee injuries last season.

    Japan's Shinji Kagawa signed for United in 2012 while in great form having helped steer Borussia Dortmund to the league and cup double.

    He became the first Japanese to win the Premier League, but after Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford in 2013, he was benched by his successor David Moyes. He rejoined Dortmund in 2014.

    Andre Schuerrle struggled to hold down a first-team place at Chelsea and is now at Dortmund.

    Mesut Oezil has made a success of his 2013 transfer to Arsenal and is a first-choice of manager Arsene Wenger.

    But his Germany team-mate Lukas Podolski was shipped to Inter Milan, then Istanbul's Galatasaray last year.

    Sane joins fellow Germany squad member Ilkay Gundogan, who signed for City from Dortmund and will also be under pressure to perform after back-to-back, injury-ravaged seasons.