As we continue to count down the days in anticipation for the commencing Premier League season; we enter another debate, involving two feisty, attacking minded-forwards; who consistently made impressionable performances for their club last season. Leroy Sané and Wilfried Zaha are both ones to watch this season, we predict them to be contributing toward goals all season long – both players with massive points to prove.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace
Zaha finished last season with a total 12 goal contributions, 9 goals and 3 assists. Since arriving back at Palace in 2014, just a year after leaving them for Manchester United; he has since established himself as Palace’s most valuable player – with blistering pace and tricks up his sleeve seemingly always, Zaha is constantly feared by his opponents. Zaha averaged 4.1 successful dribbles per game last season compared to that of Sané being only 2.9, and when partnered with Zaha’s 7.9 duels won per game against Sané’s 4.8, it makes for good reading for fans of the Ivorian, proving that he is a menace on the pitch and showing that he is capable of physical presence as well as skill and creativity. He goes into the 2018/19 Roto Draft season with an fVal of 0.64m, this boy may go under the radar this year, so be sure to get him in your queue on draft day! He will not disappoint!
Leroy Sané – Manchester City
Having totalled a very impressive 25 goal contributions (13 more than Wilfried) during his second season in Manchester, Leroy Sane’s stock continuously rose over the course of 2017/18 season, ultimately; leading to the sheer bemusement of football fans worldwide when the German missed inclusion for his Nation’s World Cup squad at Russia 2018 – to which many believe is the main reason Germany did not make it further in the competition, as they produced nothing more than an anti-climactic performance, failing to make it to the group stage, with a lack of cutting-attacking edge. Sané could be argued to be the more composed in front of goal as he only missed 6 big chances over the course of 32 games last season – compared to Zaha’s 11 chances missed in lesser games (29). Sané emerged the victor of the two at the end of last season’s fantasy season in the key – pass points department, concluding the season with 50 points, Zaha only managing 34. A stat that makes good reading for those of you planning to exploit your leagues customised points’ system. Furthermore, solidifying Sané’s creativeness guarantee. This boy is one of the best attacking – wingers in the Premier League, you NEED him in your team.
Sané, overall, seems the more creative of the two with a total of 1,091 passes last season in which he attributed an 84.2% success rate – when comparing this to Zaha managing a total of just 623 passes with a 75.3% success ratio. Zaha is a quality player no doubt, and the fact that he is surrounded by Crystal Palace’s team compared to the Manchester City’s ‘arsenal’ behind Sané, bodes well for Zaha, as it shows he is a player of superior individual talent, but unfortunately, on paper – does fall short to City’s German maestro at this moment in time.
Now, let’s say it’s draft day, you set up your queue quickly to have the best chance of getting the players you want, you’ve done your research, you know who you’re picking – Sané is on the list… your luck may be out and your mate could get there before you; should this happen, Zaha is a more than suitable replacement showing only signs of further improvement in the season to come. You certainly should not look past him…