During BT Sport’s coverage of Girondins de Bordeaux v Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 last night, it was mentioned that Premier League scouts from West Ham United and Newcastle United were in attendance to watch Bordeaux’s Captain Lamine Sané.
The mere mention of the link seemed to jinx the Senegalese centre-back and after going into the break 1-0 down, Lyon went on a rampage, putting four past some questionable Girondins defending.
The 27-year-old has been an integral part of coach Wily Sagnol’s team this season, but Sunday was far from his best performance. It wasn’t just Sané, but the Bordeaux back five looked off the pace and at times, as if they had just met each other.
Bordeaux’s capitulation was sparked by Sané’s worst moment of the match. Ten minutes into the second half, the defender went to pick out a pass, it went straight to Alexandre Lacazette, Sané then had a chance to immediately win the ball off Nabil Fekir, but the midfielder outmuscled the defender, played the ball to Corentin Tolisso and he applied the finish.
Those two huge mistakes cost Bordeaux dearly and sparked Lyon into a second half rout. Winning by five goals may flatter Lyon a little, but it was the least the Bordeaux defending deserved.
When Sagnol took over this summer, Sané was named Bordeaux’s captain and the defender has put in some impressive performances beside new signing Nicolas Pallois. Bordeaux’s bad patch certainly coincided with the injury that saw him miss eight games in October.
In the opening six games, Girondins only conceded six goals with Sané in the lineup, but since his return, in the five games he has started they have been beaten nine times. Although, they have only lost three games in which Sané has played from the start.
It’s clear to see that the huge centre-back is a critical part of Bordeaux’s defence, but when he comes up against the better teams in Ligue 1, he is often found out. In fleeting appearances it’s easy to see why Sané would catch the eye, but in reality he is not at the level either Newcastle or West Ham need if they want to improve their defence in January.