Manchester United are showing Chelsea made the correct decision on Jadon Sancho

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It was hard not to imagine what could have been for Jadon Sancho at Chelsea when watching him last season for Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho was world-class in the Bundesliga last season and made a real statement in the 2020/21 Champions League campaign.

In total, the England international scored 50 goals in all competitions and also attained 64 assists during his time at Signal Iduna Park, goal contributions that nearly shifted the power in Germany, although Bayern Munich were ultimately able to hold onto their status as the No. 1 side in Germany.

Manchester United and Chelsea were locked in battle to try and prise the former Manchester City academy man back to England for a second chance and initially, it looked as though the Blues were going to be successful in beating the Red Devils to the punch.

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However, this didn’t happen due to Frank Lampard’s decision to overrule Marina Granovskaia and instead the club legend wanted to opt for Timo Werner instead, according to the Metro.

According to Duncan Castles, speaking on his Transfer Window podcast, the Chelsea manager believed there was no need to spend so heavily on a wide player, especially given the number of options he already has at his disposal in that position.

Despite Willian and Pedro vacating the wide areas in the build-up to this new rebuild under Lampard and now Thomas Tuchel, Lampard believed that the club already had significant options in that area in the form of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.

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This all culminated in the European Champions passing on the opportunity to splurge a huge transfer fee on the hot English prospect at the time, in spite of the supporters’ pleas to see the deal come to fruition.



Jadon Sancho scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester United against Chelsea
Jadon Sancho scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester United against Chelsea

And that decision looks to have been the right one, as shown by how the player in question performed in the Newcastle United draw. although the signs were even there under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well.

With all the hype surrounding the signing, it was expected that 21-year-old would be starting week in, week out, under Solskjaer but this didn’t happen and those questions around the signing arose from the early days as Sancho struggled to make an impact back in England.

He did score in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the build-up to the congested festive schedule but that was more down to Jorginho’s mistake.

Since then, however, the Three Lions international hasn’t really kicked on under Ralf Rangnick and his cameo from the bench in the 45 minutes that he was afforded at St James’ Park summed up Sancho’s fortunes since making the £77million switch back to his home nation.

His lack of creativity was summed up by having only an expected assist (xA) rate of 0.4, whilst only having 38 touches of the ball and only creating two progressive passes and only four progressive carries forward, as per FBref.com.

Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise that the player in question only scored just above average in Manchester Evening News’ player ratings from the Monday Night Football, with our sister publication quite generous with their assessment of Man United’s number 25.

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Overall, the lack of end product shown by Sancho against Eddie Howe’s side and in previous games before suggests that the ex-Bundesliga star wasn’t the answer to Chelsea’s attacking woes and Jamie Carragher agrees with this sentiment too.

He said on the Monday Night Football: “It hasn’t started well for him, he’s still a young player, he has plenty of time, a few years at United but you definitely want a bit more from him no doubt.”

In truth, the Blues haven’t had great luck either with signing players from Germany’s top flight, as shown by the indifferent form of the £120m pair of Werner and international compatriot Kai Havertz.

Source by Football London

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