I want to make it very clear, I am extremely happy with our selection of wingers at Chelsea football club. But can you imagine what could have been if Jadon Sancho decided to make the move to Stamford Bridge instead of Old Trafford?
There’s no denying that he is a talented player. His skillset can land him a spot in any team starting 11, so it’s quite unfortunate to see him out of favour over in the Northern end of England.
He is sitting on the bench out of sight, meanwhile, he could have been running riot on the right-wing alongside Reece James. Oh, how we’ve been robbed!
Reece James could have been the Hakimi for Sancho Rivalry aside, one thing I envy Manchester United for is not Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s not Raphael Varane, it’s Sancho. He’s the wonderkid that doesn’t receive enough praise.
He’s had previous links with Chelsea in the past however with the signing of his former teammate Christian Pulisic in 2018, it was very unlikely that the Englishman would make a move to West London.
We all know what has happened with Sancho since his move to Man United. He’s not had the game time, numerous memes have been conjured up, recapping his form in his new club. Say what you want but I believe his story would be different if he had Reece James on the overlap.
We saw it when Manchester United hosted Manchester City. 2-0 down after halftime and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to bring Sancho on for the majority of the second half. Smart choice to make however it was put to waste whilst Sancho had to practically beg for an overlap from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Clear miscommunication between the two on that right side, but again with all we know about James, this could have been us.
It’s quite rare for us to witness Reece James out of position or not on the move for an overlap when in the attack. His link on play with Sancho would have been an exciting watch for the Blues. An electric bond between the pair could be reminiscent of Sancho’s partnerships in Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea’s former transfer interest, Achraf Hakimi enjoyed playing alongside Jadon Sancho as the pair would often terrorize that right-wing. Sancho also excelled with Thomas Meunier last season sometimes in a 3-4-3 formation.
According to reports from The Athletic, Manchester United’s coaches have been trialling Sancho in a right wing-back role in recent training sessions.
It’s giving me Callum Hudson-Odoi vibes.
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We’ve seen this with Hudson-Odoi under Thomas Tuchel and we know how badly that ended up. Given Tuchel had his reason for trialling Hudson-Odoi in the right wing-back role, all in all, his best position is playing as an attacking forward. It will be the same saga for Sancho.
I feel like I have been robbed of some quality link-up play. With James’ current form and the guarantee that he is just going to keep getting better, it’s obvious that he and Sancho would have been an excellent vibe together. Not only would it pass the eye test, but the stats will also be there to back it up.
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