Despite facing off against teams, it is often individual players that are seen as particularly problematic for talents to overcome and face. Often such instances turn into nasty rivalries or account for sour moments on the pitch.
However, on rare occasions, the establishment of a rivalry can be a happy proceeding, as evident between two youngsters belonging to rival factions.
Man City’s Leroy Sane, according to M.E.N Sport, has named a Man United player as his biggest defensive test so far. The 22-year-old German is himself somewhat of an upcoming star, and so, his compliment to this individual is certainly remarkable.
When asked about who his toughest opponent has been so far, Sane stated: “It was before when I was playing against Kyle Walker.
“And Crystal Palace’s right-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah, I have played against him twice this season, and even last season, he had me really well under control and I told him how happy I was to play against him.”
Fosu-Mensah, having been bought as a youth talent from Ajax, was given his senior Man United start under Louis van Gaal, and he went on to earn 12 caps in two seasons as a Red Devil.
Loaned off to Crystal Palace to develop his abilities, the 20-year-old Dutchman, who is also capable of playing in a central role in addition to his defensive versatility, has garnered 20 appearances for the Eagles so far this season.
All in all, this might mean positive things for the lad, who will be eager to perform and make a mark should Jose Mourinho decide to keep him on the roster next season.