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Anybody seen Sancho?

Jadon Sancho was meant to be the marquee signing for Manchester United this summer and would have been had it not been for a certain Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford. Sancho, signed for £73m from Dortmund on the back of the success during his time at Dortmund where he scored 38 goals during his 104 appearances as well as over 40 assists.

Sancho now 21 has been highly coveted and spoken about ever since his decision to join Dortmund back in 2017. It would therefore be fair to say that although it is still very early days into his United career (6 appearances) he has not performed anywhere near his Dortmund form. It could be fair to say that his current output is currently on par with what we have seen from him in an England shirt.

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Whilst on the subject of England it is a little baffling as to how Sancho has managed to keep his place in the recent squad announcement with Southgate even coming out and saying he doesn’t deserve his space based on form.

Does he deserve to be in on these performances over the last few weeks? Well, probably not.

Gareth Southgate when asked about Sancho inclusion in the England Squad

Southgate has taken the path that Sancho needs nurturing right now and that he could be the man to get him firing again. Personally I would like to see those in the best club form be picked for the national team and therefore would have quite liked a recall for Andros Townsend who has been in magnificent form for Everton this season after arriving for £73m less than Sancho (I’ll do the maths, he was free).

Townsend equalising against United (02.10.21)

So what’s next for Sancho? Well with Rashford returning to the squad following the international break, things are not going to get any easier anytime soon. Competition is already high and Rashford has a point to prove himself so you would think would be looking to make an instant impact himself.

The bottom line is, although Sancho is only 21 he has got to start playing and living up to the reputation to which he has built for himself. Taking away the transfer fee he simply needs to be performing better and if he doesn’t then I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him fade away from the first team squad. Ole doesn’t have the luxury of time to wait for Sancho to take another 10-15 games to start performing, the pressure is on for them both and the time to step up is now.

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