At Old Trafford, questions loom large over Jadon Sancho’s future. With his recent sidelining from the first team, including missing the Premier League fixture against Arsenal in September, the rumour mill is buzzing with speculations of a move to a newly minted Newcastle United.
Since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2021, Sancho’s form has been far from spectacular. He’s contributed just 12 goals and served up six assists in 82 games wearing the Manchester United kit.
Intriguingly, the last time fans saw him on the pitch was during a match against Nottingham Forest in August. Now, whispers are suggesting that Manchester United are beginning to imagine a future that doesn’t include Sancho.
A list of five potential replacements has emerged, as reported by the Daily Express. Top names on this list include Yeremy Pino of Villarreal, Nico Williams of Athletic Bilbao, Antonio Nusa of Club Brugge, along with Serge Gnabry from Bayern Munich and Martin Terrier of Rennes.
This season’s scoring woes for Manchester United, with a mere nine goals in their initial eight Premier League games, perhaps explains their current league and Champions League standings.
Enter Newcastle, freshly infused with capital from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Rumours suggest that they’re keen to welcome Sancho to St James’ Park. Their resurgence in the Premier League and a celebrated return to the Champions League after 20 years could present a fresh start for the 23-year-old.
Sancho’s omission from the Arsenal match stirred controversy when United’s gaffer, Erik ten Hag, attributed it to Sancho’s lacklustre training performances. But Sancho took to the newly rebranded social media platform, X, to hint at underlying issues behind his absence, signaling his displeasure with being cast as the fall guy.
Further solidifying the discord, United confirmed that due to a “squad discipline issue,” Sancho has been segregated from first-team training sessions.