Jadon Sancho ‘is not in the best of form’ admits Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc after slump following his failed £108m Manchester United move – but he insists starlet WILL find his top form again eventually
- Jadon Sancho is having a tricky period in front of goal for Dortmund this season
- The talented England winger has failed to score in the Bundesliga so far this term
- Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has backed Sancho to find his form
- Manchester United were chasing the £108million-rated winger all summer
Jadon Sancho has been backed to rediscover his best form for Borussia Dortmund by the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc despite a slow start to the season.
The England international winger is yet to score in the Bundesliga this season despite starting seven of Dortmund’s league games this term, though the 20-year-old has scored twice in the Champions League group stages.
The form massively differs from the 17 goals and 17 assists he registered last season, but Zorc claims Sancho is trying his best and the Dortmund chief is confident the winger will get back on track.
Jadon Sancho is finding life tough at Dortmund and has failed to score in the Bundesliga so far
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has backed Sancho to rediscover his attacking form
Zorc told a press conference this week: ‘I believe it is easy to see that he is not in the best of form. I can tell he tries hard when he’s subbed onto the pitch. He tries to force the lightness and fluidity that he has onto himself.
‘Jadon is a player who doesn’t talk a lot but who delivers answers on the pitch. Whether this is tomorrow, in a week or at some other point, I don’t know. What I do know is that it will happen.’
Sancho has failed to hit the heights that earned him regular praise in the yellow of Dortmund last season, with his statistics much weaker this season in comparison.
As well as a lack of goals, Sancho’s chance creation numbers are down – with the England winger making just 0.33 big chances per match, his lowest season total since his first Bundesliga season in 2017.
Sancho’s goalscoring and chance creation numbers are going down compared to last season
The 20-year-old’s chance creation-per-match figure is also significantly lower than last season, averaging just 1.82 opportunities per game compared to 2.71 in the previous campaign.
This lack of form led to Sancho being dropped twice by Lucien Favre in November, a Champions League away win over Club Brugge and a trip to Hertha Berlin two weeks later. Dortmund won both games, scoring a combined total of eight goals.
Sancho’s signature was pursued by Manchester United for most of this year’s summer transfer window, with the 20-year-old a top target for Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sancho was a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above)’s Manchester United over the summer
Dortmund set a deadline of August 10 for United to meet their £108million valuation for the player, with United failing to meet it and a move never materialised.
Sancho ended up staying at the Ruhr-land club and is now a very key attacking option for Dortmund given star striker Erling Braut Haaland is out until January with a torn hamstring.
Dortmund currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga going into their match away at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon.
Sancho scored 17 goals and registered 17 assists last season but is struggling for form this term
Lucien Favre’s side sit four points behind leaders and reigning champions Bayern Munich, while they are also through to the Champions League knockout rounds.
Sancho has been in slightly better scoring form for England since the start of the season, netting a low curling strike in a friendly win over Ireland in November.
The 20-year-old has been capped 18 times by Gareth Southgate overall, scoring three times.
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