Jadon Sancho has not featured for Manchester United since October last year.
The English winger has endured a really tough spell recently. Not only have his performances dipped, but he hasn’t shown the mental resilience required to be a top, top player.
Consequently, and after predictably missing out on a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England team for the winter World Cup in Qatar, Sancho was given an extended period off and allowed to focus on his return.
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Speaking about what Erik Ten Hag and his coaching staff are doing to encourage Sancho back to his best, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, explained what is happening behind the scenes.
“The priority for Manchester United is to have him back with the first team,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.
“I mean, in the game time when he will be 100 per cent ready, this is why he wasn’t available in the last few games.
“Even if he is back training with the squad, Erik Ten Hag and his coaching staff are working on and with Jadon Sancho, they want him to be 100 per cent ready on a mental point-of-view and a physical point-of-view, so the market is not a solution.
“As of now, they want to protect the player and to have Sancho for the second part of the season in very good condition.”
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Stretty News’ verdict…
It is clear that Ten Hag rates Sancho but there have been no excusing his lacklustre performances since his £73m move (Sky Sports) from Borussia Dortmund nearly two years ago.
Understandably eager to get the 22-year-old back fully fit and firing, United fans will understand why the manager is taking such a cautious approach, but with an important period coming up, including a Europa League knockout tie against Barcelona, let’s hope the club can reintroduce the 22-year-old sooner rather than later.