The 30-year-old French center-back Lamine Sané could be announced as an Orlando City player soon to finish up head coach Jason Kreis’ roster for the upcoming 2018 season.
Although Orlando City has not confirmed his arrival, it’s pretty sure he’ll become a Lion in the following days, being the latest signing in 2017/2018 offseason, a particular period in Orlando’s short history.
Also nationalized as Senegalese, he has played internationally 12 matches for the African country. In relation to club performances, Sané has spent almost all of his career at France being part of RCO Adge and FC Girondins de Bourdeaux, however, his latest club is the German side Werder Bremen which is at 15th position of Bundesliga’s table.
Sané is a tall, strong and very tough center-back that will bring solidity to the aerial aspect of the backline. On the other hand, his European experience will provide tactical knowledge that hopefully match Spector’s play-style, complementing the defensive structure.
His arrival brings competitiveness to the defense as Kreis has said before “none of the players have its place assured” on the main line-up. With this situation, José Aja and Amro Tarek will have to demonstrate they are capable of getting an initial spot over their teammates, increasing the Lions’ defensive sector level.
Lamine Sané stats for 2017/2018 Werder Bremen season
Games played / minutes played= 12 / 876’
Goals scored / goals received= 1 / 15
Yellow cards / red cards= 0 / 0
For a defender, not having a single one yellow nor red card in 12 matches played it’s a great sign of clean play-style and temper. Nevertheless, 15 goals received could mean he needs to improve his cohesion with his teammates when facing an aggressive MLS side such as Atlanta United.
In general, he is a good addition for Orlando City’s roster, which continues to improve day by day and training by training according to the latest scrimmages. With less than two weeks before MLS starts, fans’ hopes and expectations are over the skies looking forward to watch their club perform at a great level.
In February 2016, after being defeated and out of the French Cup in a game against Nantes with Bordeaux, Lamine Sané and goalkeeper Jerome Prior had a discussion in the dressing room that resulted in, according to French sources, a serious fight which ended in a suspension for both players.
On the other hand, some sources point out Prior accused his partners in defense of a poor performance and blaming them for the lost.
This particular case puts the Senegal international in a caution spot since last Orlando City’s drama: Cyle Larin. Kreis and Orlando CEO Alex Leitao won’t stand any other disruption coming from a player after Larin saga, meaning they will be keeping an eye over Sané and his behavior.