Leroy Sane is back with Germany after being left off Joachim Loew’s squad for the 2018 World Cup, but veteran midfielder Toni Kroos believe that everything is still not yet right with the 22-year-old attacker.
Kroos has called into question not only Sane’s “body language,” which he believes doesn’t vary greatly enough after wins and losses, but also his motivation to perform at his highest level and to continue improving as a player — quotes from the Guardian:
“Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy’s body language that it is all the same whether we win or lose. He has to improve his body language. He’s a player who has everything you need to be a world-class player, but sometimes you have to tell him he has to perform better.
“He was fantastic for City last year, but Pep has the same problem at the moment — he’s trying to get the best out of him so he can perform better. If he performs, he’s a real weapon, honestly. He has the quality, especially for us, but maybe the head coach looked at his performances for the national team and wasn’t happy.”
The last 25 months (since he moved to the Premier League) have painted Sane something of an outsider to the typical German stereotypes — that they’re a robotic, cold and calculated, no-nonsense people — with his happy-go-lucky, whimsical personality. It’s possible that what Kroos is saying is true — no one can truly know without being inside Sane’s mind — but it’s also entirely possible (and likely, perhaps) that there’s been a massive misinterpretation of Sane’s attitude for the simple fact that he’s wholly different to anyone Kroos has encountered at any point during his illustrious career with the national team.
After Germany’s disastrous showing at this summer’s World Cup — the defending champions didn’t even make it out of the group stage — one could make a strong case that a change of culture and mindset could actually do Die Mannschaft quite well as they pick up the pieces and begin to rebuild with the 2020 European Championship just 21 months away.