Last season Jadon Sancho was one of the best players in Europe. The big clubs wanted him. He was the focal point of Dortmund. The Englishmen took every newspaper headline by storm. But things look a bit grim now. Dortmund is in deep waters now. Ever since the injury of Erling Haaland, Dortmund doesn’t look like the side they were last season.
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The England international winger is yet to score in the Bundesliga this season despite starting seven of Dortmund's league games this term, though the 20-year-old has scored twice in the Champions League group stages and once in DFB Pokal. He assisted thrice though. But his form massively differs from the 17 goals and 17 assists he registered last season, but Zorc claims Sancho is trying his best and the Dortmund chief Michael Zorc said Sancho is trying his best and is confident the winger will get back on track in no time.
This season Sancho looks lost. He is very energetic and always involved. But when players grow their stature in the game grows and so the resistance from the opposition. That’s why you have to evolve. Players must evolve. Sancho created a name for himself. When Dortmund plays, he is their main man. In order to make himself better, he must evolve. He must find ways to improve his game and help Dortmund win.
Sancho is linked with some big names. Names that big where if he underperforms for even two games, he will be crucified let alone goalless for 11 matches.
Sancho's signature was pursued by Manchester United for most of this year's summer transfer window, with the 20-year-old a top target for Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Dortmund set a deadline of August 10 for United to meet their £108million valuation for the player, with United failing to meet it and a move never materialised. Sancho ended up staying at the Ruhr-land club.
Now the Sancho interest is fading for United. If Sancho continues to underperform his market value will drop.
As Sancho dominated German football last season, so too did Kai Havertz at Bayer Leverkusen. The 21-year-old netted 18 goals in all competitions in 2019/20. Havertz joined Chelsea but was crucified by English Media after his not so impressive start to Premier League. He has just one league goal and one assist in 11 games for Chelsea. Some press is being understanding of his transition to English football. Because Chelsea is a budding project and rebuilding their future under Frank Lampard.
That would not be the case at Manchester United. The pressure is just different in Manchester. Look at the way the press tore into Mason Greenwood earlier this season. Jadon Sancho must be prepared for this if he decides to join United next summer.
Some insisted that his failure of the Manchester United transfer move caused his dip in form. It’s natural for a 21 years old boy. He was on the way to join one of his dream clubs from childhood. The sudden uninterest from United created some pressure on him as well. But the winger discarded such talks.
“No, I don’t think so. Every player has a little dip in their career and I feel like I’m going through that at the moment” – said Sancho when asked if transfer talk had an impact on his recent form.