Why Tottenham shouldn't give up in their pursuit of 19-year-old Leroy Sane

Tottenham Hotspur appear to consider Schalke's Leroy Sane to be a major prospect for the future.

According to Kicker, Tottenham Hotspur have recently had a bid of £8.6million rejected for talented Schalke youngster Leroy Sane.

The Germany Under-19 international signed a new contract with his current employers last weekend, which will keep him at the club until 2019. Nonetheless, this will not prevent the Lilywhites from considering him as an option for the future. 

Sane made 13 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke last season, scoring three goals. Although his game time proved somewhat limited, the teenager impressed throughout the majority of his involvement.

The youngster's Champions League debut versus Real Madrid, in which he scored a stunning left-footed goal from outside the area, consolidated his pedigree and has shown that he can perform against the very best on the big occasions.

Who is Schalke's Leroy Sane?

Sane is a versatile attacking midfielder who can play further forward or out wide. However, he featured most regularly on the left-flank for the German outfit whenever starting last season. 

The 19-year-old is a player who likes to utilise his speed and skill to take on defenders, until he finds the space to fashion a chance for a teammate or take a shot at goal himself. 

Being a left-footer, who has good close control and pace, Sane tends to drift towards the right-hand channel and then cut inside onto his favoured foot.

He converted an impressive 30% of his total shots last term, with all three of his league goals coming from inside the 18-yard-box. Meanwhile, he also fashioned five key passes and completed 48% of his attempted dribbles. 

The youngster's versatility will make him an attractive option for Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino.

Would he be a suitable signing for Spurs?

With Christian Eriksen the star man in central midfield, and following the return of Alex Pritchard, Sane would be unlikely to feature regularly as a number '10' for the Lilywhites at this stage of his development.

Due to the club's lack of quality up front, he could be used in a more advanced role, or alternatively, he could act as cover for rapidly improving left-winger Nacer Chadli. 

Sane is a very talented and versatile attacking player, but at 19 years of age he is remains a raw talent and it would be unfair to expect too much of him. For now, he would be best served remaining at Schalke, as already seems to be the plan. 

Under the watchful eye of White Hart Lane chief Mauricio Pochettino, who is known for his work with younger players, Sane could realise his full potential. 

He may have only recently signed a new contract at Schalke, but this will not prevent the Lilywhites from pursuing him at some stage in the future. Tipped as a future star of German football, he would certainly be worth the chase.

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