According to a report from Sky Sports, Barcelona have shortlisted two Manchester United forwards with one of them being want-away winger Jadon Sancho. This comes after the former Dortmund forward fell out of favour in Erik ten Hag’s attacking department and wants to move away from Old Trafford in search of regular play time.
Sancho’s Varied Performance at Old Trafford Last Season
During the last campaign, Sancho displayed a few impressive displays for Manchester United but also grappled with inconsistency, particularly in terms of being productive in the final third. The 23-year-old featured in 41 matches for the Manchester-based club, contributing seven goals and three assists across various competitions.
The English talent displayed his attacking prowess with averages of 0.8 shots, 1.7 key passes, and 1.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League matches. Furthermore, he in distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, maintaining an 85% pass success rate in the English top flight (statistics gathered from whoscored).
Will Ten Hag Sanction His Exit In January?
Sancho possesses the pace to get past his opponent when operating on the wide flanks. He possesses the ability to create valuable scoring opportunities for his teammates in the attacking third and remains a skilful dribbler. Additionally, the forward also has a knack for taking shots from a distance when an opportunity emerges in front of the goal.
While primarily a left-sided winger, this London-born talent remains versatile to operate effectively on the right wing or assume the role of an attacking midfielder when required. At 23 years of age, his prime playing years are still ahead of him and he has the potential to become one of the top attackers in Europe.
Presently, Sancho finds himself struggling at Old Trafford due to recent disagreements with manager Erik ten Hag. Consequently, it seems reasonable for Manchester United to contemplate parting ways with him when the transfer window reopens in January. A potential move to Barcelona could provide him with the opportunity to rejuvenate his career and the Red Devils could look recoup some of the money they’ve invested in him. Hence, it presents a good chance for both sides to come to an agreement and mutually benefit from this deal.