Jadon Sancho ‘needs’ to join Manchester United to ‘mature’ and ‘accept responsibility’
Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho needs a big move in order to “mature” as a player and a person, according to former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. Sancho is a key target for United ahead of the next transfer window. The Borussia Dortmund star has been in sensational form in the Bundesliga so far this season.
Hislop says there is a case to be made to say that the 20-year-old could benefit from another season with Dortmund.
However, following images of Sancho and his Dortmund team-mates having haircuts and not wearing face masks, Hislop reckons the England international perhaps needs a move to help him accept responsibilities.
“Absolutely there’s a case to be made [that Sancho should stay at Dortmund for another year],” Hislop told ESPN FC.
“At that age, at a club like Dortmund who continue to play their youth and play a style of football that suits his high-energy running style, you only see his own value going up.
“But then that’s a risk that you take and many players take in staying some place.
“How many other times could we talk about players maybe getting injured, not having the kind of seasons that they hoped, being distracted by the attention and their values going down somewhat?
“That’s the gamble for Jadon Sancho.
“Now, my concern just looking in from the outside is that he’s getting a little bit too big for his britches, and you wonder if Borussia Dortmund, as big a club and as good a club as they are, the fact that they continue to trail Bayern Munich season in, season out it seems, he’s not going to accept the kind of responsibility and mature the kind of way that he needs to while he’s still there.
“Maybe he needs a bigger stage, maybe he needs the brighter lights really for him to focus a bit more on what’s important. And then he progresses as many expect he would.”
Meanwhile, Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc has defended Sancho and his team-mates and insists guidelines were followed.
“He should not have done it,” Zorc said.
“We were all young once, 18, 19, 20.
“In this current special situation it is not only the coach and the coaching staff but the entire club that has to be careful with discipline.
“We have talked to all those involved and they assured us that all hygiene guidelines regarding visitors were adhered to.
“Only for the photo were the masks taken off. That is something that should not have happened of course.”