Max Gay discusses whether or not Jadon Sancho needs to rush into a move this summer or if he should bide his time.
Jadon Sancho is without a doubt one of the most gifted young players in football. Able to play on both wings as well as a number 10, he’s on the list of most top clubs, according to the papers.
The 20-year-old has apparently outgrown Borussia Dortmund and is now ready to move onto bigger things. However, it has to be asked, does he necessarily need to move RIGHT NOW?
It appears Dortmund are ready to sell, but given the current climate, Dortmund’s reported price tag of €120 million simply isn’t realistic. Sancho has to ask as Manchester United and Chelsea are the clubs he is most often linked to, do these clubs represent a step up?
The argument for a move, especially to United or Chelsea simply doesn’t stack up right now at least. Do these clubs have more talented squads than Dortmund? In some positions, certainly, but do they have a better chance of winning major trophies? No.
Manchester City and Liverpool are streets ahead of the competition in England and that would remain the same whether Sancho signed for Manchester United or not. In Germany though? Borussia Dortmund have every chance to kick on and win trophies next season.
Dortmund has put together an exciting attacking squad with the experienced heads of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus to keep it all together.
The Germans have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League and are only four points being Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
There’s also the question of the occasional struggles of young players leaving nurturing environments for bigger things too early.
An example being, the man who Sancho arguably replaced in Dortmund’s attack, Ousmane Dembele.
Once held alongside Kylian Mbappe, the young Frenchman’s career has taken a nosedive since leaving Dortmund for Barcelona.
This does not necessarily mean that Sancho will fail if he leaves Dortmund. He is easily talented enough to thrive at Manchester United, Liverpool, or any top club you care to name.
However, at 20-years-old his best years are still well ahead of him. Sancho’s in a young, vibrant team built to allow him to succeed and he should continue to thrive there.
Aside from the obvious financial benefits of a move to England that doesn’t look like it needs to change.
His big move is coming, but he could do worse than staying at a current title contender for now.