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Jadon Sancho back in Dortmund: BVB needs him, above all Sancho needs BVB

Status: 05.01.2024 | Reading time: 3 minutes

Jadon Sancho is about to return to BVB

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Jadon Sancho was one of the greatest talents in world football. The climb to the top was quick, but the fall was even deeper. Now he is about to return to Dortmund. BVB needs him, but above all Sancho needs BVB.

Borussia Dortmund received a whopping 85 million euros in the summer of 2021 for its best player at the time. Jadon Sancho moved to Manchester. This time to the red side of the city, to United, after playing for City for two years as a teenager.

BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke thanked Sancho “on behalf of all Borussia” for his services, 114 goals in 137 games, an enormous value. Perhaps Watzke had these numbers in mind when he recently gave the green light to bring the winger back. Sancho is set to go on loan from United for six months, only the final details remain to be clarified, as BILD reports. Dortmund will pay three million euros as a loan fee, while Manchester will probably cover two thirds of Sancho’s salary.

Sancho grew up in the south of London, but played for Watford FC’s youth academy at the time. He commuted to training three times a week, a time commitment of two hours. So at the age of twelve he moved out of his parents’ house and went to Watford’s sports school in north London. His rocket-like rise began there: first the move to Manchester City, then to BVB in 2017, the debut in the Bundesliga at the age of 17, for the English national team at the age of 18, and winning the DFB Cup at the age of 21.

Jadon Sancho’s penalty trauma

The summer of 2021 abruptly slowed the rise. In the European Championship final against Italy in his native London, Sancho missed a decisive penalty in the shootout. He was then racially abused and made a scapegoat for the next England penalty trauma. The mob deliberately overlooked the fact that the then 21-year-old was hardly used during the tournament and was only substituted on shortly before the penalty shootout.

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Sancho’s start at United was correspondingly mixed in the weeks after the tournament. The offensive player has been lagging behind his top form for two and a half years and is constantly in the media crossfire. That left the traces. Last winter, Sancho took a six-week break, and United coach Erik ten Hag spoke of physical and mental problems.

To make matters worse, Sancho fell out with the coach at the beginning of this season. Due to a lack of training, the 23-year-old was not considered for the game against Arsenal. Ten Hag publicly criticized his player, Sancho responded with an angry statement on social media: “Please don’t believe everything you read! I’ve been the scapegoat for too long, which isn’t fair.” Since then, Sancho hasn’t been on the pitch for another second. For the time being, it will remain at 18 goal involvements in 82 games for the Red Devils, no comparison to his BVB statistics.

Sancho’s first suspension in the BVB jersey

By the way, Sancho wasn’t always an obedient boy wonder in Dortmund either. He was also suspended twice at BVB. The Englishman was too often late for training. The then coach Peter Stöger first took the offensive player out of the squad for the important game against FC Bayern in March 2018. Lucien Favre also put the youngster in the stands the following year.

So now the return. For the stranded Englishman, it’s about his career in Dortmund. And BVB also needs Sancho in his old form to achieve the minimum goal of the Champions League. BVB winters in fifth place in the Bundesliga, six points behind RB Leipzig in fourth place.

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