When Kylian Mbappé burst onto the scene as a teenager for Monaco he answered a question many had been asking for quite some time. It was then clear that the Frenchman was going to succeed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best player. For a period of time, no player was in the same stratosphere as him.
But over the past two seasons, Jadon Sancho has forced his way into the conversation. His name doesn’t carry the same weight as Mbappé’s does in the game just yet but as a value for money option, teams are dropping interest in the World Cup winner to concentrate on the former Manchester City youth player.
Sancho has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with both Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly keen. Barcelona are also believed to be keen, viewing him as the player Ousmane Dembélé should have been for them.
The stumbling block, however, happens to be Borussia Dortmund’s demands. The Bundesliga side reportedly want in excess of £100million for the 19-year-old. In the current climate, he is probably worth that. But clubs won’t want to show their hands just yet.
We’re eager as ever though and want to know what the future holds for the England international. With the help of Football Manager 2020, we’ve looked five years into the future in an attempt to find out exactly what happens to Sancho.
Firstly, his form during 2019/20 didn’t do enough to warrant a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020. He watched from home as the Three Lions crashed out at the semi-final stage, losing 3-1 to Croatia with Tammy Abraham starting as a right-winger.
He remained in Germany for a number of years and continued to produce decent numbers, racking up 17 goals involvements during his final campaign at the Westfalenstadion.
Sancho did eventually return to the Premier League. To our surprise, it was Arsenal who managed to sign him. And for a bargain fee of £37million. His debut season in England saw him involved in 21 league goals.
When looking at his stats, it’s hard to believe the Gunners managed to snare him for south of £40million. A brilliant dribbler with superb technique and a sublime first touch, his composure (18) is higher than Erling Haaland’s (16) and his vision (18) eclipses Paulo Dybala’s (17).
He should, in theory, be one of the best in the game but for whatever reason, it just wasn’t meant to be. Hopefully, his career in real life differs to this and he does go on to fulfil his potential and justify the hype.