For over a year, Manchester United did what they could to try and sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
The England international was one of the stars in Germany, scoring and assisting for fun alongside the likes of Erling Haaland and Marco Reus, and the Red Devils eventually got the man they wanted this summer, paying upwards of £70m for him along the way.
Raphaël Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo followed, and while those two have immediately hit the ground running, the same cannot be said for Sancho.
The 21-year-old has only started three games since his return to English football and didn’t even make it onto the pitch at the weekend in his side’s 1-0 Old Trafford loss to Aston Villa.
Yet to score or even assist a goal, Sancho’s start at his new club leaves a lot to be desired, and there are some, namely Stefan Effenberg, who are questioning whether leaving Dortmund was the right option for him.
In an article for Sport1, he said: “As for Haaland’s future and the speculation about a transfer: Borussia Dortmund are the perfect club for his development. He can still earn more money elsewhere, but that can’t be everything, the money comes out on its own.
“Take Jadon Sancho, who was hellbent on leaving the club and went to Manchester United, where he can make more money. But is he happy where he hardly plays? If he had stayed at BVB…”
We’ll have to see if these early difficulties translate into something more serious for the winger at Old Trafford, but it’s clear to see that not everyone thinks the move was the right one for him, at least at this stage in his career.