Perhaps too much was expected of Leroy Sane when he arrived at Manchester City.
The 20-year-old’s phenomenal rise at Schalke was expected to continue in the Premier League, but so far he has just two assists to show for himself since his move to the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola has revealed the German international is simply not settling in England, hence his poor performances, with his mother still making regular trips to visit him in his apartment.
“Sometimes you need a bit more time to adapt, to know the way that we play to feel “OK I am here, I am good enough to play’,” Guardiola said, via the Daily Mail.
“He didn’t come here for three months, he came here for five or six years. He is a huge talent, his physical condition is fast one on one.
“I just want to help him to put it in the right moment and show us his qualities.”
Sane last featured in the league a month ago in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Memphis Depay is reportedly having similar difficulties at Manchester United. It seems that after the dab and the bottle-flip, the latest trend riddling football is players missing their mums, but it does raise questions over whether youngsters are being given enough support off the pitch.
Most Premier League clubs have entire departments devoted to doing just that, but Sane evidently needs to be given more time.
The £37million starlet may also benefit from having been taken out of the spotlight for a while, and when he does return, it seems Guardiola will use him cautiously until he starts to adapt.