Leroy Sane: Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the hardest opponent I’ve faced this season

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has labelled Timothy Fosu-Mensah as the hardest opponent he has come up against in the Premier League this season.

Sane has been an effervescent force on the left hand side for Man City this season, claiming eight goals and 11 assists in 20 appearances.

And it was the Dutchman, having joined Crystal Palace on loan in August, who put a stop to Sane’s danger going forward and City’s 18 game winning run in the league with a ‘Man of the Match’ performance in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park in December.

Speaking earlier this week, Sane was quick to make note of how Fosu-Mensah managed to keep him under control.

“It was before when I was playing against Kyle Walker,” he said. “And Crystal Palace’s right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah, I have played against him twice this season, and even last season, he had me really well under control and I told him how happy I was to play against him.”

There have been calls for Fosu-Mensah to feature in the starting XI ever since his debut against Arsenal two years ago, but his spell with Palace has added genuine weight to that notion.

He has battled relentlessly all season, serving as one of the crucial architects of Palace’s recovery from losing – and failing to score in – their first seven games of the campaign. Above anything, these last seven months have seen the youngster develop an added veneer of strength.

That he has been exposed to Premier League football on a week in, week out basis puts him in real contention to feature under Mourinho next term. He has proven himself against the very best this season, bringing sheer speed and power to the table, and supporters will hope to see him handed the chance he deserves.

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