Transfer Grade: Jadon Sancho to Manchester United

Posted By Uttiyo Sarkar on July 1, 2021

WHO: Jadon Sancho
FROM WHERE: 
Borussia Dortmund
TO WHERE: 
Manchester United
FOR HOW MUCH:
£73m ($105m)
GRADE FOR MAN UNITED: 
A
GRADE FOR FC PORTO: 
B+

After more than a year of chasing him around, Manchester United have finally signed their most-desired target Jadon Sancho. The last year has been filled with rumors linking him to a move to Old Trafford & after finally striking an agreement with Borussia Dortmund – the Red Devils have signed their much-wanted man.

In Sancho, United get one of the most talented young players in Europe. But the thing he’s really been brought aboard for is to solve their right-wing issues. Over the last few seasons, the Red Devils have lacked proper creative, clinical wingers who can get stuff done. Now they get one of the best in the game who will be expected to help them be stronger Premier League title-challengers next season.

WHO IS HE?

Sancho is a highly talented England international who started his youth career at Watford. In 2015, he moved to Manchester City’s academy and made a very bright impression. After failing to get minutes in the senior squad, he was signed by Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

He scored 50 goals & registered 67 assists in 137 appearances – including 38 goals & 51 assists in 104 Bundesliga appearances. The 21-year-old has made 20 appearances for the England national team – scoring 3 goals.

IS THE PRICE FAIR?

Sancho becomes United’s fourth-most expensive signing ever after being bought for a £73m ($105m)! Now that is definitely a huge fee for any player in the post-Covid-19 soccer financial market.

However, the 21-year-old has age on his side and will grow a lot as a player going forward. If not now, this fee (which is to be paid in 5 installments) could turn out to be worth it in 4-5 years if Sancho helps United win some major silverware.

WHAT IMPACT SHOULD WE EXPECT?

If not anything else, Sancho’s stats do the talking for him. Over the last 3 seasons, only Lionel Messi & Thomas Muller have managed more assists than him in Europe’s top-5 leagues. Last season, he managed 16 goals & 14 assists across all competitions – more than the majority of U21 players in Europe.

It’s because of his incredible goal involvements in recent years that Jadon will be expected to turn up big at Old Trafford. In the Bundesliga, he almost averaged one goal contribution every game for Dortmund.

Of course, that league is different than the competitive Premier League, but Sancho has grown up playing in England. He knows what it takes to thrive in his own country’s climate. The 21-year-old also has very good chemistry with United star Marcus Rashford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to use their slick chemistry to terrorize defenders. Moreover, Sancho’s excellent close control, passing ability & dribbling ability can help him thrive in United’s free-flowing attack.

He can cause major issues linking up with the creative Bruno Fernandes & Paul Pogba. He’ll love to send in crosses into the box for clinical finishers like Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood. However, Sancho’s biggest objective is to fix United’s issues on the right-wing.

Last season itself, the Red Devils were neutralized by many clubs because of their vulnerability attacking down the right. Teams often blocked out their left-wing, forcing United to move to the other side – where they couldn’t create much. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was inconsistent with his attacking product – while neither Greenwood, Rashford, or Dan James could create much from that side.

Now, Sancho isn’t a natural-born right-winger. But he’s still more creative on the right than the United stars. The young winger can consistently create chances regardless of whichever position he plays in.

With Rashford being more of a terrorizing speedster & Greenwood a clinical finisher, Sancho should be a breath of fresh air at United. He is quick enough to dribble past defenders with ease, while his decision-making in the final third is excellent. The Englishman almost always knows how to pick out killer passes.

Sancho’s arrival also ensures that Fernandes is not burdened with creating everything. He can also help Wan-Bissaka get further forward. It’s the 21-year-old’s impressive final third passes & crosses that make him a highly unpredictable threat.

He’s also a surprisingly efficient finisher capable of having 15+ goal seasons. He’ll provide that added goal-scoring threat to United with his slick close-range finishing & long-range attempts – making it even more difficult for opponents to defend against United.

Of course, because of his price, Sancho will be expected to make some immediate impact at United. However, the real focus should be to properly adapt him to the system & turn him into one of their core pillars in the future. If able to create excellent chemistry with the United young forwards & continue his development at this rapid pace – Sancho could easily be one of the PL’s best players for many years to come.

THE GRADES

Man United (A)

After a relatively bland summer window last year, United have hit the jackpot here. Sancho is already a world-class player with Ballon d’Or winning potential. With his tricky movement, skillful nature and tendency to pop up with goals/assists at regular intervals – it shouldn’t take much time for him to become an Old Trafford darling.

Borussia Dortmund (B+)

Dortmund might be losing one of their best players, but they get an amount that is 8 times what they signed Sancho for. They’ve made a huge profit on this deal which allows them to get a quality replacement & fix some of their financial issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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