Leroy Sane surplus to requirements in Premier League champions’ latest showcase 


Sunday afternoon saw the latest spectacular performance from Pep Guardiola’s newly crowned Premier League Champions.

You could have been forgiven for thinking that, having already won the title, the Blues might lose some focus in the remaining games of the season.  If the Swansea players were hoping that would be the case, they were wrong.

Right from the kick-off, City asserted their dominance and refused to let Swansea settle. Twelve minutes in they were already in the lead.

Some slick link up play between Raheem Sterling and David Silva saw the Spaniard fire a left footed shot past Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

That was just the start of a forgettable day for the Swans, with Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all getting in on the act.

The pick of the bunch was a stunning long range effort from Kevin De Bruyne for City’s third, reminding us why he was in the running for PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night.

Unfortunately, he was pipped by Liverpool’s Mo Salah, who joined an elite set of players when he became the fifth player in the division’s history to score 31 goals in one campaign.  Four more will see him set a new Premier League record.

One City player who did win an award at Sunday’s event was Leroy Sane, although he may have to be careful that Harry Kane, who was also nominated, doesn’t claim it.

The exciting winger has enjoyed a great season for the Blues with 9 goals and 12 assists to his name.

However, the young German had found himself surplus to requirements as an unused substitute in the 5-0 demolition of Swansea.  A nice problem to have for Pep, I guess.

Sane has thrilled City fans with his constant attacking style of play and has given a number of defenders a torrid time, scored some wonderful goals and with 12 assists is second in the stats table behind De Bruyne with 15.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award,” Sane said.

“Not only is this award particularly special because it is one voted for by my peers, but it comes in a season when the performances of the other nominees have been outstanding.

“Raheem and Ederson have been part of this very special season at Manchester City, while Harry [Kane], Marcus [Rashford] and Ryan [Sessegnon] have been brilliant for their clubs.

“It’s an honour to be recognised in this way after what has been a fantastic season for everyone involved at Manchester City Football Club.

“I’d like to thank the manager, the backroom staff, and players here at City, and especially our fans who have supported me ever since I arrived in Manchester. I’m very honoured to win this award.”

One of the best things about this Manchester City side under Pep is the team spirit the they seem to have. Earlier in the season, Sane was recorded as the fastest player in the Premier League and the only player to break the 22mph barrier.

His speed sparked a twitter ‘war’ with colleague Kyle Walker. When FIFA 18 gave Sane  quicker pace stats than the speedy right back, Walker challenged him to a 100m sprint for charity.

The German winger accepted the challenge and City have offered to stream the event live for the fans.

We have yet to see it happen, but my money would be on Sane.


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