Sidi Sané, the younger brother of German international Leroy Sané, recently signed a professional contract with Schalke.
The 19-year-old winger’s contract runs until 2024 and is expected to play for the under-23s in the Regionalliga.
However, before the new season starts Sané will get his chance to train with the first team and convince head coach Frank Kramer that he can play a part in Schalke’s first season back in the Bundesliga.
When it comes to Kramer, Sané’s luck may be in. The 50-year-old head coach has previously held positions within the DFB youth setup as well as RB Salzburg.
It was in Austria that Kramer worked alongside and helped develop Borussia Dortmund newcomer Karim Adeyemi (20).
It’s clear that Kramer sees the importance of bringing youth through and developing them alongside regular first-team players.
Sané is a versatile player who has a natural ability for dribbling as well as tackling. Though predominantly a winger, he has also been known to play as a central defender who can play from the back line.
Schalke’s head youth coach Mathias Schober explained his delight in the new signing by saying: “We are happy when young players from the Knappenschmiede are given the opportunity to present themselves to the first team.”
If Kramer sees the ability in him as others have, Schalke fans may just be buying Sané jerseys once again.