Jadon Sancho can be the perfect long-term investment for Man United
According to the Mirror, Manchester United are plotting an audacious swoop to bring 18-year-old English international Jadon Sancho back to the Premier League. The report claims that the Red Devils are keeping close tabs on the winger who is valued at £90million by Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho, 18, left local rivals Manchester City in 2017 to join the Bundesliga side in pursuit of more first-team action and his gamble has paid dividends. The youngster has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest young talents, with his fine form earning a senior international call up in 2018.
The winger has caught the eye with his blistering performances for the German giants, accumulating 7 goals and 12 assists from 27 appearances across all competitions. As a matter of fact, he has spearheaded Dortmund’s title challenge this season, with the Lucien Favre’s side currently five points clear at the top of the standings.
The Mirror also claims that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the right-wing as an area that requires investment and Sancho, who has shown that he is equally capable of playing on both sides of the pitch, certainly fits the bill.
While he is essentially a left-winger by trade, most of Sancho’s goals and assists have come from the right-hand side, which should prompt the Red Devils to pursue an interest in him. He is one of the most sought-after teenagers in world football and a move to Old Trafford might take his career to greater heights.
Known for his pace, flair, quick feet, vision and eye for goal, Sancho has all the attributes to make a big impression in the Premier League. He has shown the level of maturity that belie his tender years in terms of his decision-making in the final third.
The Englishman is not only adept at taking on the opposition with his mesmerizing dribbling skills, but he also knows how to open up the spaces with subtle movements off the ball, clever one-twos and subtle flick-ons in and around the penalty area. The youngster also excels with his lightning pace and ability to deliver quality crosses into the area, making him a genuine threat from counter-attacking situations.
To put things into perspective, United need more depth in their attacking options to challenge for the Premier League title. The Red Devils are yet to lose a game under their caretaker manager, with the Norwegian club legend leading the team to a 10-game unbeaten run.
However, they will need to get rid of players like Romelu Lukaku, not just because he hasn’t fired this season, but due to the fact that he is a glaring misfit for Solskjaer’s free-flowing style of play. The Belgian is better suited to playing the role of a target man but Solskjaer’s direct approach to the game requires fast, agile and skilful attackers like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Hence, someone like Jadon Sancho, who boasts of similar attributes, can be of immense value to the team. In other words, United can turn themselves into a much more formidable attacking force by getting their hands on the coveted youngster.
There is an air of change at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho’s lacklustre reign, with legend Solskjaer at the helm. They can mark the beginning of a new era by signing one of the lightning wingers in Europe.