Jadon Sancho ‘is lacking a natural lightness’ and not in ‘top shape’ says Borussia Dortmund chief

Jadon Sancho is not in “top shape” as Borussia Dortmund admitted concern over the forward’s dip in current form.

The 20-year-old right-winger was a top target for Manchester United to acquire during the summer transfer window, but unable to finalize the deal and remained with the Bundesliga club as the Red Devils were unwilling to pay the asking price worth £108 million.

So far, Sancho has failed to score in six league appearances and including Dortmund’s fall to Bayern Munich 3-2 last weekend to leave them three points off the top spot sitting at third. His last goal for the Bundesliga side came in the 1-0 victory against Freiburg by end of February before the coronavirus pandemic happened that put a halt on all football action across the world.

Without a goal in the Bundesliga this term, sporting director Michael Zorc has conceded Sancho is currently out of sorts.

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“He has had better and more efficient games,” Zorc told Ruhr Nachrichten following the home defeat to Bayern.

“He’s lacking a bit of natural lightness at the moment. Of course we speak to him, but it’s not something you can rediscover just by talking.”

While Lucien Favre agreed with Zorc’s assessment, admitting Sancho is not yet in “top shape”.

Favre said: “You can’t be in top shape for a year. If it’s not 100 percent for a month, we have to accept that.”

Sancho is expected to join up with Gareth Southgate’s England squad within this week for games against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.



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