Former Arsenal and Germany keeper Jens Lehmann believes Jadon Sancho is no longer the star attraction at Borussia Dortmund, but he insists the England star can still become a world-beater.
Sancho was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United last summer. But the Old Trafford club refused to pay Borussia Dortmund’s €120m asking price.
Now former Dortmund stopper Lehmann believes the hype around Sancho has evaporated, as he has been overshadowed by the brilliance of his team-mate Erling Haaland.
Yet he is convinced Sancho will rediscover his mojo, as he returned to Bundesliga action this weekend against of Lehmann’s former clubs, relegation-haunted Schalke.
“The hype is no longer about Sancho,” Lehmann told TEAMtalk in an exclusive interview at a BT Sport event.
“Now it is all about Haaland, but Sancho has to become a great player. He has it in him to be special. This is not just about three or four years playing well and getting good money. You need to produce performances for a long time and achieve success. That is what Sancho has to do now. It is all about having the right mentality.
“Sancho, we will see how long he stays. I think the likes it at Dortmund and when the stadium is full, it is a great place to play. With that young group of players, he can enjoy being a part of this season and part of an exciting team.”
Moves to England inevitable
Lehmann believes both Sancho and Haaland may end up moving to England’s Premier League. With the riches on offer a big lure for players on slimmer salaries in the Bundesliga.
“I still see Sancho moving back to England at some point soon and unfortunately for the Bundesliga, I also see Haaland going to the Premier League,” he added.
“Haaland is a fantastic player and because his father played in the Premier League, it would not be a surprise to me that he ends up in England one day.
“He combines power with technical ability and fantastic speed. I have seen fast players competing with him and they come out second best, while is finish is fantastic. He is a great player and still so young.”
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