Leroy Sane may already be a household name, but allow bundesliga.com to shed some more light on Bayern Munich's latest signing… - © DFL
Leroy Sane may already be a household name, but allow bundesliga.com to shed some more light on Bayern Munich's latest signing… - © DFL

Leroy Sane: 10 things on the Bayern Munich and Germany winger

Leroy Sane is already an English Premier League winner with 21 Germany caps to his name, but what else is there to know about Bayern Munich's latest big-name transfer, signed from Manchester City?

bundesliga.com takes a closer look the budding Bundesliga superstar…

1) Born to play?

That Sane has the athletic attributes to thrive in professional football should perhaps come as little surprise. The fastest player on record in the Premier League when he clocked a top speed of 22.05 miles per hour in Man City's 1-0 win at Chelsea in September 2017, Sane combines his pace with the kind of technique and creativity that make him a nightmare for any opposition defender.

The apple (of Bayern's eye?), doesn't fall far from the tree in this instance. Sane's father Souleymane, better known as Samy, scored 29 goals in 55 games as a striker for Senegal in the 1990s, as well as finding the target 116 times across the top two divisions of German football. It was during the first of his two spells at the now-defunct SG Wattenscheid 09 that Souleymane met Leroy's mother - a certain Regina Weber, the rhythmic gymnast who won Olympic Bronze for Germany at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Sane's father, Souleyman "Samy" Sane (r.), scored 48 goals in two spells with SG Wattenscheid 09 between 1990 and 1999. - imago images / Weckelmann

2) Keeping it in the family 

Sane is the middle child of three brothers, and although the new Bayern man has undoubtedly made the biggest strides in the game, the other two - Kim and Sidi - are also footballers. Kim, the eldest at 25, is a right-back who came through at Schalke's famous Knappenschmiede academy and even overlapped playing alongside - or, perhaps more accurately, behind - Leroy at U19 level in 2014. He last played for Wattenscheid in 2017 before retiring due to injury.

Youngest brother Sidi, 17, is still part of the Royal Blues' youth set-up. A winger like Leroy, Sidi prefers his right foot in contrast to his brother's left-sidedness, but both can line up on either flank behind a central striker. Sidi has also been unfortunate with injuries which restricted him to just five U17 starts in 2019/20, but the club remain optimistic that they have another promising talent on their hands.

"He's had a lot of bad luck, but he's got the quality," Schalke youth coach Willi Landgraf said. "Not a lot of players have his gifts."

Sane's younger brother Sidi is another promising winger who has represented Schalke up to U17 level. - imago images / Team 2

3) What's in a name?

Born Leroy Aziz Sané on 11 January 1996 - thus sharing a birthdate with footballing royalty such as Gerson, Bryan Robson, Jamie Vardy and, for those of a Championship Manager persuasion, Mike Duff - Bayern's new star was named after his father Souleymane's former Senegal coach, Claude Le Roy.

Le Roy - whose name literally means "The King" in French - handed Sane Sr. his international debut in 1990, and just in a nick of time. Michel Platini, then France coach, was weeks away from giving the striker his debut for Les Bleus, but Otto Pfister - a German coach who preceded Le Roy in the Senegal dugout - tipped off the African nation's federation as to Samy's roots and the rest, as they say, is history.

Current Togo manager Claude Le Roy - the unlikely source of Leroy Sane's first name. - CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images

4) Germany career

With FIFA eligibility extending back as far as a player's grandparents' country of birth, Leroy could have turned out for each of Germany, Senegal and France. Indeed, he is a legal French citizen and with Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Michael Cuisance and Tanguy Nianzou already at Bayern, Sane will share at least two languages with the newest recruits at the Allianz Arena - football and French.

There was very little question that the Essen-born winger would commit to Germany, however. He made his debut for Marcus Sorg's U19s in September 2014, scoring in a 3-2 win over the Netherlands, and took just 14 months to progress to the first team with 10 goals in 21 youth international outings under his belt. He made his full debut against France in Paris and although he missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, he has more than made up for lost time, contributing three goals and an assist as Germany romped to qualification for UEFA Euro 2020, which is now set to be played in summer 2021.

Leroy Sane has also found the target against the Netherlands at full international level, opening the scoring in Germany's 3-2 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying win in March 2019. - imago images / ActionPictures

5) Settling in as a Citizen

With 11 goals in 47 Schalke games to his name, Sane swapped Gelsenkirchen for Pep Guardiola's Man City in the summer of 2016. Although he slotted straight in as their first-choice left winger opposite Raheem Sterling, Sane's numbers initially dipped. Eight goals and six assists in his final Bundesliga season became five goals and three assists in his first Premier League campaign.

Still just 21 when he made the move, such adjustment might have been expected, but it turned out Sane was struggling with a breathing issue which hindered his progress, and he underwent corrective surgery to address chronic nasal congestion at the conclusion of his first campaign in England. "I've decided to use the summer break for this operation so that I can go into the new season with a clean bill of health," he said.

Watch: Sane's Top 5 goals for Schalke!

6) Fulfilling his vast potential

That clean bill of health meant a new lease of life, and Sane was nothing if not a footballing force of nature as City wrapped up the double of Premier League and EFL Cup in his second season. He plundered 10 goals and 15 assists in the league - 14 and 19 in each column in all competitions - and was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year ahead of his City teammates Sterling and Ederson, as well as Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane.

Although he missed out on the inaugural Premier League Playmaker of the Season award to City colleague and former Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg star Kevin de Bruyne by virtue of contributing one fewer assist, Sane did at least lay on a goal every 162 league minutes he played that term, compared to the Belgian's rate of one every 193.

"Hmm, but I had more assists per minute, Kev!" - Kevin de Bruyne (l.) and Sane (r.) enjoyed a competitive friendship at Manchester City. - OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images

7) First return to Germany

Sane has already enjoyed something of a happy homecoming in his career, returning to Schalke as a City player last February when the teams met in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. During the first leg at the Veltins Arena, a pair of Nabil Bentaleb penalties had the Royal Blues leading 2-1 with five minutes to go. Sane stepped up to equalise with a stunning free-kick, though, before Sterling stole a 3-2 win.

There was less argument about the result in the return fixture, with City running out 7-0 winners with Sane scoring one and assisting three more, but the player's class was evident across both legs, with him refusing to celebrate against his former club across the 180 minutes of football played.

"Yeah, I was a bit [sorry]," Sane said after the first leg. "I couldn’t really celebrate. Of course, I was pleased for my team, but to score a goal like that against my former love..."

Leroy Sane had a hand in five goals in two legs against former side Schalke in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League - the pick of them this free-kick in Gelsenkirchen. - imago images / Sven Simon

8) A scorer of great goals…

…and also a great scorer of goals, or at least the owner of an incredible number of goal involvements! Sane may have been restricted to 11 minutes of Premier League football this season as City surrendered their league title to Liverpool, but before rupturing his cruciate ligament in last August's Community Shield, Sane had the most goal involvements of any player across any of Europe's top five leagues per UEFA coefficient.

Since the start of the 2017-18 season Sane has averaged a goal or assist every 96 minutes he had played. New Bayern teammate Robert Lewandowski may be running away with this season's European Golden Shoe race with his 34 league strikes and 68 points, but the prolific Pole can be confident that some of the goal-burden will be taken off him next season; and if Sane isn't taking them himself, he'll be laying on yet more for the perennial Torjägerkanone winner.

Watch: Sane's Bundesliga mixtape

9) Jack of all trades, master of some?

As bundesliga.com has previously outlined, Sane can operate in a number of attacking positions in the final third, making him the perfect acquisition for Bayern. His preferred position is on the left wing. In an age where wide attackers are inverted more often than not, Sane's sheer speed means he doesn't need to cut inside to get a shot off - he can simply whizz past his marker on either side with time to spare before the angle becomes too tight.

That might put him in direct competition with Coman, although with the Frenchman's injury struggles eating into his playing time anyway, Sane can expect plenty of minutes on that flank. But he can also operate on the right. With Serge Gnabry also equally comfortable on either side, the pair could even swap wings mid-game, leaving opposition full-backs bamboozled.

He could also play off Lewandowski in the unlikely event that Thomas Müller needs a rest. Sane's assist numbers illustrate his eye for a pass - and they aren't all balls into the box from out wide.

Leroy Sane (r.) and Serge Gnabry (l.) have already dovetailed beautifully as part of Joachim Löw's first-choice Germany attack. - imago images / Buzzi

10) The Number 10…

Sane will wear the No.10 jersey at Bayern, but out of respect to Philippe Coutinho - who has sported the number on his season-long loan from Barcelona - Sane has yet to be photographed in his Bayern jersey with his new number on display.

"Out of respect for Philippe Coutinho, who is the current number 10 and could play in the upcoming DFB Cup final in Berlin and any games in the Champions League in August, Sane decided not to use the number in his photos on Thursday," read a statement on Bayern's official website.

Already friends with Bayern's core of Germany internationals in their mid-20s - Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle et al - it's a fine gesture from Bayern's new No.10. A humble star player who has shown class throughout his career - what a signing!