Jadon Sancho’s early season form at Borussia Dortmund has been criticised with the player being accused of lacking focus.
From the outside, Sancho’s efforts have looked good, with one assist in three Bundesliga games. He also has a goal and an assist in the German cup, but he has yet to hit the heights of last season.
Three defeats to date in all competitions, including this week’s 3-1 defeat to Lazio, has not been the start Dortmund would have wanted.
Their big stars have yet to get into top gear.
Sancho, 20, blasted off the previous season with three goals in the first five Bundesliga games, with five assists too. The England winger ended the campaign with superb figures of 20 goals and 20 assists.
German paper Bild say that if BVB’s top youngsters – Jude Bellingham, Sancho, Gio Reyna and Erling Haaland – find their feet “then it really goes off”.
The paper though claims that youngsters Bellingham and Reyna have to “get used to the consistently high level first”. While they say Sancho “is still a long way from being in the form last season”.
The reliable German source suggest that Sancho, who is believed to have wanted to move to Manchester United in the summer “does not always seem to be 100 % with his head on the matter”.
The winger has fallen foul of the German side’s disciplinary procedures in the past. In October last year Kicker reported that he did not return when he was expected to and so was suspended.
Sporting director Michael Zorc explained: “Jadon is a good lad. He’s very young, he’s grown up very fast.
“He perhaps sometimes tests the boundaries. It’s not great in our situation.”
Sancho then fell foul of England’s coronavirus protocols earlier this month. He was one of three players who breached Covid-19 guidelines when they reportedly gathered for a surprise birthday party for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
And Bild (via Sport Witness) have been informed that “his lack of discipline is always an issue in the team”.
The paper do not directly link Sancho’s form with the recent speculation. But it would be foolish to dismiss the fact that United were trying to sign the player for the best part of the summer.
It’s understood the Bundesliga side were open to selling Sancho at the start of the summer, on their own terms.
Zorc laid out their demands – a £108m transfer fee and a deadline to do the deal by August 10.
United chief Ed Woodward though failed to match the Germans’ demands and once the deadline passed their chances of signing Sancho evaporated.
Whether or not United will try and move for either of the duo in January is unclear, but Dortmund’s stance on Sancho is.
Earlier this month Bild (via Sport Witness) said that rumours of Man Utd making a January move are “without any concrete background”.
They also claimed that Dortmund have no intention of selling Sancho mid-season, even if their asking price is met.