Leroy Sané’s promising career appeared to be stumbling after he was left out of Germany’s World Cup squad, then he seemed a little out of favour with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the infancy of the new Premier League season.
However, last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year has returned to form and looks better than ever, with a new-found defensive work rate making him an even more valuable player for Guardiola.
Germany team manager (not to be mistaken with head coach Joachim Löw) Oliver Bierhoff has shared his theories about the changes to Leroy’s attitude.
“I am very happy for him [Sané]. To be honest, I’ve seen some changes with him after the World Cup,” Bierhoff told German newspaper BILD. “That may have something to do with the experience of the [national team] nomination – or even with the birth of his daughter.
“The birth [of his daughter] certainly has given him another boost, he now also has more seriousness in his game. He has shown us what’s in him. Hopefully this will continue!”
Sané’s form is great news for both his club and country, and in the words of Oliver Bierhoff the birth of his daughter may have given Leroy what he needed to become a more serious and mature player and person.