Manchester United star Jadon Sancho is a “game changer” who must have more time before being judged for his performances.
Sancho has yet to score a goal or assist for the Red Devils in two starts and three Premier League substitute appearances since his £ 73million transfer from Dortmund.
He failed to make his appearance on the bench in his side’s 1-0 home loss to Aston Villa, prompting questions from fans.
And Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard, who watched the winger a lot during his time in Germany, is confident the England international will be good.
He told talkSPORT: “If the question is, ‘How long are you giving it?’ I would suggest more than the end of September.
“I think what will happen automatically is that people will say, ‘Well, everything is going great in the Bundesliga but you come to the Premier League…”
Jadon Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund statistics
2017-18 | Games: 12 Goals: 1 Help: 4
2018-19 | Games: 34 Goals: 12 Help: 18
2019-20 | Games: 32 Goals: 17 Help: 17
2020-21 | Games: 26 Goals: 8 Help: 12
“Look, is the level higher in the Premier League? Yeah, probably, I think that’s fair to say. Is their football radically different? No.
“Is Jadon Sancho suddenly not a good player because he moved to the Premier League?” No. He’s a guy who has incredible talent, who has a great sense of passing, who has great poise in attacking situations, and I saw him change the game.
“I’ve also seen him have spells where he hasn’t played very well and he’s played four or five games and you think, ‘What’s going on with Jadon Sancho?
“And what’s still going on with him?” He comes back and he has a six, seven or eight game series where he’s absolutely unplayable and he scores goals and assists everywhere.
In 104 Bundesliga games for Dortmund, Sancho has scored 38 goals and provided 51 assists.
However, in his first season at the club, he only scored once in 12 games.
Granted, Sancho was only 17 at the time and now he’s an experienced player, but Hatchard insists he has all the makings to make him a top player in the Premier League.
“It brings unpredictability, it brings a little bit of the X factor,” Hatchard added.
“He’s an artist and I think sometimes we forget that it’s meant to be entertainment, and he’s someone who brings down his jaw when he’s in good shape.
“When he’s confident he can ridicule defenders, he can get around people.
He added: “I know how talented he is. I know how well he wants to do.
“He sees this as a great opportunity for him to secure a regular place in the England squad, and it could take a little while.”
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