Damon Savenelli discusses how Sadio Mane compares to the rest of the other signings made this summer.
So far, Sadio Mane has been one of Liverpool’s most electric players on the pitch. Even when he is not scoring or assisting, he uses his pace to wreak havoc on the pitch. Mane has definitely been Klopp’s best signing thus far, and can even be considered one of the best signings of the summer.
Many questioned this transfer. Some thought the transfer fee was a bit too much, others thought “oh great another Southampton player”, and others labelled Mane as another average player.
Mane provides an element that the Liverpool attack did not have last season, pace. Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, and Daniel Sturridge, all possess their own strengths, but none of them offer the speed that Mane can.
After the “big teams” of the league failed miserably last season, most of them made it a priority to improve their attacks. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Everton all invested in attackers. How does Sadio Mane compare to these new signings?
The 24-year-old has scored three times and assisted once in his first six games for the Reds. Let’s take a look at how he compares to the other notable signings from the summer transfer window.
For starters, Mane has been better than both Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Senegalese man has more goals than both players combined. It’s not just goals that Mane brings to the table, it is his ability to influence an entire attack, something that both Pogba and Mkhitaryan have failed to do. With Mane being way cheaper than Pogba, it seems as though the former Southampton man has been the better signing thus far.
Yannick Bolasie was another big name attacker that made a switch this past summer. The Congolese man made his move to Everton for £25 million. Although cheaper, Bolasie is also older than Mane meaning Mane still has room to grow. Bolasie also has one more assist than Mane. Liverpool’s number 19 completes more dribbles per game than Bolasie (2.8) with 3.8, and also has a better pass completion percentage with 79.2% compared to Bolasie’s 75.6%.
Another new winger brought into the Premier League in the transfer window was Manchester City’s Nolito. Perhaps Mane’s best competition in terms of best wingers thus far. At 29 years old, the age factor once again plays a role. At 24, Mane still has further potential while Nolito is most likely past his prime. With two goals and one assist, Nolito has been similar to Mane, in the sense that he has the ability to make an immediate impact on the pitch.
Lastly, Sadio Mane’s replacement, Nathan Redmond. At 22 years old and only costing Southampton £11 million, the Englishman wins in both of those categories. With only one goal, Remond has failed to influence his team’s attack in what can be considered a struggling Saints side.
While some of the Premier League’s new wingers are statistically better than Mane, the Senegal international possesses the ability to single-handedly influence a match. After their stunning start, many speculate that the Reds are in for a great season. This speculation is not possible without Sadio Mane.
Although the season is still young, Mane is one of my signings of the summer. We will just have to wait and see how the rest of the season treats him.
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