The transfer window peaked early when Man United confirmed they had reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Jadon Sancho for £73million before he’d even started in England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine.
The 21-year-old has been one of the most entertaining and effective wingers in Europe since his move to Germany in 2017.
Now he’s set to bring his skills to the Premier League meaning, crucially, he is now available for Dream Team gaffers to select if they so desire.
Sancho has been added to the player list at £4.5m and will be categorised as a midfielder.
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No doubt he’ll be a popular option but what exactly will he bring to Man United?
In short, goals and assists. Sancho’s output for Dortmund was truly remarkable and one of the most fruitful spells of his career came in the second half of last season.
He scored 13 goals and provided nine assists in his last 20 games for the Bundesliga giants.
In total, he scored 50 goals and provided 64 assists in 137 games for Dortmund, averaging a goal involvement every 87 minutes.
In fact, since the start of 2018/19, only two players have scored 30+ goals and provided 30+ assists in the top five European leagues – Sancho and Lionel Messi.
In goes without saying that this makes Man United’s new asset a potential must-have in the world of Dream Team, where quantifiable attacking output reigns supreme.
Of course, there is no guarantee Sancho will be an instant success at Man United.
Memphis Depay and Angel Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford with similar expectations but found the No7 shirt awkwardly heavy – Sancho is set to take No25, for what it’s worth.
The youngster grew up on these shores so he won’t suffer a culture shock and he even knows Manchester from his time with Man City’s academy.
However, he’s never played in the Premier League and while some players take to the fast-paced environment instantly – Bruno Fernandes springs to mind – others need some time to adjust.
Sancho undoubtedly has the ability to thrive in the world’s most-watched league but whether he’ll take it by storm from the get-go remains to be seen and it’s this uncertainty that may cause some Dream Team bosses to err on the side of caution.
Although this goes both ways, if he does burst out of the traps then risk-adverse gaffers may miss out on a deluge of points in the opening weeks.
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