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Bundesliga 21/22: Leroy Sane’s first season at Bayern Munich

Leroy Sané spent four seasons in Manchester City winning eight trophies including back-to-back Premier League titles in 2017/18 and 2018/19. He scored 39 goals in 135 appearances for the team from the blue half of Manchester. Leroy Sané also won the PFA Young player of the year award 2017/18. In July 2020, Bayern Munich agreed a deal with Manchester City to sign Sané. With huge expectations lying on his shoulders, Leroy Sané has had a steady start to life at Bayern Munich. However, Sané started only 18 games in the league in his first season for the Bavarians, finding the back of the net only six times.

The following visualization shows the numbers from Leroy Sané’s first season at Bayern Munich.

Sané missed almost the entire 2019/20 season for Manchester City after suffering an injury early in the season but, before that, during City’s title-winning campaigns Sané scored 10 goals in 2017/18 and 2018/19 as well as finishing as City’s top creator in 2018/19. However, the 25-year-old German international struggled to reproduce this form in his first season at Bayern. Having played from the left side during his time at City for the most part, Sané in 2020/21 under Hansi Flick played mostly from the right side of the attack for Bayern Munich. The winger was still one of the above average creators for Bayern with eight assists to his name in the league. It is his goal scoring form that took a major hit during the 2020/21 season. He ranks number one for Dribbles per 90 among Bayern’s attackers and Expected Assists per 90. His shot on target percentage of 37% is among the worst in the Bayern Munich squad, which explains why he has struggled to find the back of the net, in spite of ranking above for shots per 90 in the league. Overall, Sane’s first season at Bayern has been below par considering the expectations around the move, however, this season he has already started three out of four league games and looks to be settling well gradually.