Former West Ham winger explains why Man City star is a unique nightmare for Premier League defenders

Danny Ryan

Former Manchester City star Trevor Sinclair believes Leroy Sane is such a nightmare for Premier League defences because of his sporting background.

The German starlet comes from a family of athletes with his dad a former professional footballer and his mum an Olympic bronze medal-winning gymnast - that's some pretty fine genetics.

“When you come to raw fundamentals he is a thoroughbred,” said Sinclair, as per Manchester Evening News.

Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League
Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League

“He is from sporting parents, which is an unfair advantage in my opinion – they should make him play with a weighted shirt or something!

“He is your worst nightmare as a defender, the last thing you want to do is turn and run towards your own goal, knowing someone is going past you on the outside.

“You can't coach it and it is a brilliant thing to have – I had it in the early part of my career, and didn't have it in the latter part.

Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League
Southampton v Manchester City - Premier League


“I know which I enjoyed the most because pace gets you out of so many situations.

“And he loves playing for Pep because it's not all about winning.”

The former Schalke winger has been a revelation in the second half of the season after an injury-ridden start to Premier League life.



The 21-year-old has become one of Pep Guardiola's key attacking weapons, flourishing alongside Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

Five Premier League goals in 20 games this season is just the start of what is sure to be a hugely successful career for one of the most athletic players in England's top-flight.

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