Assessing Where Jadon Sancho Should Go Next Summer

​Jadon Sancho is currently right up there with the very hottest properties in football, with clubs from all over Europe being linked with the Borussia Dortmund and England star.

At only 19, Sancho has broken into the ​Dortmund first team and has scored 18 goals in all competitions since his debut in 2017, as well as topping the Bundesliga assist charts in 2018/19.

However, with ​Sancho seemingly intent on leaving BVB next the summer, here’s a look at all the places where the wonderkid could end up…


Barcelona

Ousmane Dembele

Remember Ousmane Dembélé? Sancho could follow in his footsteps if Barcelona come knocking for the English wing wizard. However, he should take the example of Dembélé as a cautionary tale rather than a fantasy and be wary of the risks.

With expectations set sky-high, Sancho might end up being compared to Neymar – and we’ve seen how well that has gone for Dembélé during his time at the Nou Camp so far. 

While playing alongside Lionel Messi at arguably Europe’s best club over the last 10 years has its appeal, there are better options for Sancho right now.

Rating: 4/10


Manchester United

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The Red Devils have been consistently linked with Jadon Sancho – and, by God, do they need him more than anyone on this list. 

The Dortmund wide man could fit in perfectly in a front three with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford with his speed, power and skill, adding further dynamism to the club’s attack.

However, Manchester United are still very much a club in stagnation and the risk for Sancho is that he might waste key development years playing outside of Europe’s top competition – the Champions League.

All faults aside, United are unquestionably a great club for developing young players but Sancho is already ready for the top level and, right now, the Red Devils aren’t that.

Rating: 5/10


Real Madrid

Vinicius Junior

Real Madrid still haven’t managed to fill the Cristino Ronaldo-shaped hole from 2018 and Sancho probably isn’t the man to do it either.

While appealing for a number of reasons a move to the Bernabeu would be a huge step up for Sancho, who would be forced to play in the most scrutinised front three in the whole of European football. 

With young exciting Brazilian duo Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior already at the club (and Eden Hazard signed during the summer, lest we forget) Madrid probably don’t really need Sancho right now. But when has need ever dictated their transfer policy? 

If Gareth Bale were to leave, a move for Sancho could become a very interesting proposition but the Welshman might want to give the teenager a word of warning about the unique pressures of life as a Galactico…

Rating: 6/10


Bayern Munich

Serge Gnabry

Sancho wouldn’t be the first player to make the controversial switch from Dortmund to their Bundesliga rivals Bayern – see also: Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Mario Gotze.

Having lost both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the end of last season, Bayern are looking for wingers. Serge Gnabry has filled the role pretty well in recent times but with Leroy Sane and Callum Hudson-Odoi both touted heavily over the summer, it’s clear the Bundesliga champs will buy in this area soon.

Sancho knows the Bundesliga and what it takes to succeed. Yet, a manager-less Bayern side may not be the most attractive proposition at the moment. This move could go one way or another depending on who comes in to fill the void long-term after Niko Kovac departed.

Rating: 7/10


Liverpool

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The ​Champions League holders and current Premier League leaders have recently been linked to Sancho, offering an attractive proposition to the young talent.

It would be a big step up for Sancho and he would see his game time limited sitting behind a near-undroppable front three. Yet, Liverpool don’t have much else in the wide areas beyond their starters, and Sancho would undoubtedly be an upgrade on the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Learning from two of the world’s best in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané while under one of the best coaches? Sancho would flourish for the Reds and Liverpool would be the perfect place to go – if he gets the game time.

Rating: 8/10


Manchester City

Reece James,Jadon Sancho

A return to the club who sold him? A move to City would have some sort of romantic feel to it and is certainly an option for Sancho.

Leroy Sane’s long-term future at the Etihad is questionable, while David Silva will leave at the end of the season. Sancho – who left City in search of first-team opportunity – has the potential to return and make one of the front three positions his own under Pep Guardiola or his eventual successor. 

The prospect of Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden linking up for both club and country is another prospect to excite both City and England fans.

Rating: 8/10


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6 Ex-Arsene Wenger Players Who Went on to Become Managers

​Arsene Wenger was at the helm of Arsenal for 22 years, and no less than 222 players featured under the Frenchman’s reign. Some of those players went on to have illustrious careers, whilst others have faded into unknown obscurity (Paul Shaw, anyone?)

In the wake of Wenger’s appointment as Chief of Global Football Development at FIFA, any faint rumours regarding a possible return to management for the 70-year-old were quickly dashed, sorry Bayern. 

However, with a number of Wenger’s artisans having already retired from the game, here’s a look at some of Wenger’s former charges who have already taken the initiative and foraged into the world of football management. 


Tony Adams – Wycombe, Portsmouth, Gabala & Granada

Tony Adams

Kicking us off is non-other than Mr Arsenal himself. 

Tony Adams enjoyed an illustrious career at ​Arsenal, making 504 appearances for the senior side, spending the majority of those as captain. However, while his CV as a player cannot be called into question, the same cannot be said for his time as a manager… 

Wycombe Wanderers (2003-04) – Appointed as manager in November 2003, the former England international could not avoid relegation from League One with the Chairboys in his first season. He resigned from his post as manager in November 2004, citing personal issues.

Portsmouth (2008-09) – After joining Pompey as Harry Redknapp’s assistant, Adams became manager in October 2008. He was sacked in February 2009 after gaining ten points in 16 games in charge.

Gabala (2010-11) – Next up was Azerbaijani side Gabala, where Adams signed a three-year contract. He would depart before the conclusion of the 2011/12 season, citing family reasons. 

Granada (2017) – Adams infamously took charge of a declining Granada side (who remembers that training drill?). Adams lost all seven games in charge and was subsequently sacked. He has however maintained a behind-the-scenes presence as Granada worked their way back up to the top flight in Spain.. 


Patrick Vieira – New York City & OG Nice

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Another Arsenal legend who is currently managing is Patrick Vieira. The dominant midfielder racked up 391 appearances for the Gunners and led them to Premier League glory in 2003/04 without losing a single league game. 

New York City FC (2016-18) – In his first season, Vieira guided NYCFC to their first playoff appearance, eventually losing to Toronto. Vieira improved the club’s overall MLS standing from 15th in 2015 to 2nd in 2017.

OG Nice (2018-Present) – Vieira was appointed as manager of Nice in June 2018 and led Les Aiglons to seventh place in his first season, one better than the previous campaign.


Thierry Henry – Monaco & Montreal Impact

Thierry Henry

Arsenal’s record goalscorer, Va Va Voom poster boy and all-round great guy. Not such a good manager, though. Yet…

Monaco (2018-19) – Henry was appointed as manager of his old club Monaco following the departure of Leonardo Jardim. Henry’s time at Monaco was doomed from the start having sold the majority of their title-winning team the previous year. The Frenchman ended up with a record of four wins, five draws and 11 defeats and was subsequently sacked, leaving Monaco in 19th place in Ligue 1. 

Montreal Impact (2019-Present) – On 14 November 2019, Henry was appointed manager of Montreal Impact until the 2021 season with an option for an additional year. He hasn’t managed a game for the MLS side yet.


Giovani Van Bronkhorst – Feyenoord

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Arguably the most successful manager on this list, Giovani Van Bronkhorst spent two years at Arsenal between 2001 and 2003, amassing 42 appearances under Wenger. The Dutchman also spent time at ​Barcelona and Feyenoord before his eventual retirement in 2010.

Feyenoord (2015-19) – After the departure of Fred Rutten at the end of the 2014/15 season, Van Bronkhorst was appointed manager with resounding success. In his first full season, he led Feyenoord to the 2015/16 KNVB Cup, beating Utrecht 2-1 in the final. 

In his second season, the Dutchman guided Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years, finishing one point ahead of rivals Ajax. After departing Feyenoord at the end of the 2018/19 season, Van Bronkhorst has been linked with the New York City FC gig as ​a gateway to eventually taking over at Man City…


Remi Garde – Lyon, Aston Villa & Montreal Impact

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Despite spending three years at Arsenal under Wenger, Remi Garde only featured 31 times in the league for the Gunners as the Frenchman was forced into retirement due to injury. 

Lyon (2011-14) – Appointed Lyon’s manager in June 2011, Garde won the 2011/12 Coupe de France as well as the Trophee des Champions in the same year. Garde left Lyon at the end of the 2013/14 season, citing family reasons.

​Aston Villa (2015-16) – Appointed manager in November 2015 on a three-year deal, Garde put a heavy emphasis on discipline at ​Villa and subsequently dropped Jack Grealish from the first team after he went partying following Villa’s 4-0 loss at the hands of Everton. However, with the Villans still bottom of the table in March 2016, Garde left Villa Park by mutual consent. 

Montreal Impact (2017-19) – Garde was named head coach of Montreal Impact on 8 November 2017 after an 18 month hiatus. Despite competing for a place in the playoffs, Impact narrowly missed out on qualification for the playoffs after losing 1-0 to the New England Revolution on the final day of the season. Garde was eventually sacked by Impact on 21 August 2019 and replaced with Wílmer Cabrera. 


Steve Morrow – FC Dallas

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Steve Morrow only spent one season under Wenger and his playing career dispersed into relative nothingness. Marrow did, however, spend time as Chief Youth Scout for Arsenal before leaving his position in 2019. 

FC Dallas (2006-08) – Morrow was named head coach of FC Dallas in December 2006 following the sacking of former coach Colin Clarke. Morrow finished the season with Dallas third in the Western Conference behind Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA, before being let go on 20 May 2008. 

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Twitter Reacts as Harry Kane Sets England Record in 4-0 Victory Over Kosovo

The scoreline in England’s 4-0 victory over Kosovo on Sunday evening flattered Gareth Southgate’s side, who laboured for the majority of the game and only came alive in the final 15 minutes. 

Although ‘came alive’ is probably a little too generous, as it was more a case of fatigue-induced mistakes from their opponents. Tired Kosovo legs were the perfect tonic for Harry Kane, who helped himself to an England record – but more on that later.

Twitter was whipped into a mild frenzy before a ball had been kicked, Gareth Southgate’s decision to select both Declan Rice and Harry Winks in midfield received criticism – Roy Keane leading the charge from ITV studio with his scathing comments on the West Ham midfielder.

Declan Rice,Harry Winks

Although it’s hard to know how much of that stem’s from Rice decision to switch allegiances from the Republic of Ireland, Roy is hardly known for his forgiving nature. 

If this is England fans’ biggest gripe, you could argue the Three Lions are in pretty good shape less than a year from Euro 2020. 

Besides, at times the pairing showed potential and Rice acted as the pivot while Winks carried the ball forward. It’s the type of midfield that might be required against better tournament opposition, so why not try it out against the team that gave England their biggest test in qualification?

​The warm and friendly relationship between the Kosovo and England fans seemed to transfer itself onto the pitch during the opening 30 minutes, as nice football played out in second gear. The biggest concern was the pitch, causing multiple slips and injury concerns – in particular for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after an early fall.

 

The pre-match critics were forced to eat their humble Winks and Rice pie in the 32nd minute, as the latter finished off an excellent move that was started by the former. 

An inability to pass forward is a stick often used to beat Rice with, yet he looked up and fizzed a ball into ​Harry Kane. The Tottenham striker laid it off to Oxlade-Chamberlain and he set Winks on his way to an assured finish.

While Rice and Winks surpassed expectations, Tyrone Mings and Callum Hudson-Odoi had an evening to forget. The ​Aston Villa defender lost his battle against Atdhe Nuhiu, who bullied the towering defender to make him look uncharacteristically weak and fallible. 

Hudson-Odoi meanwhile, continually misplaced passes on his return to the England team and rendered any decent runs with the ball completely useless. 

​​England made an equally poor start to the second half and a drab 15 minutes unfolded, until the introduction of ​Marcus Rashford. With their first-choice attacking trio on the pitch, the Three Lions instantly became more direct and drove forward with improved intent. 

As Kosovo tired, it was time for the England quick-fire round. Harry Kane lead the late surge with his 79th-minute finish and became the first England player to score in every match of a qualifying campaign. 

The excitement was palpable and some (almost certainly Spurs fans) began to make bold statements about how far Kane’s England goal-scoring exploits will take him. 100 goals seemed an excessive prediction…



Rashford added a third to continue his hot streak for both club and country, while Mason Mount capitalised on poor Kosovo defending to score his first goal for England – making it 4-0 in second-half stoppage time. 


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Kosovo 0-4 England: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Three Lions Score Late Goals for Comfortable Win

Three late goals sealed England’s 4-0 victory over Kosovo on Sunday, papering over the cracks of a dull and uninspiring performance at the Fadil Vokrri Stadium.

England were below tempo in the opening half hour, but took the lead courtesy of Harry Winks 32nd-minute goal. Breaking from deep, Winks collected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass with an excellent first touch and slotted beyond Arijanet Muric. 

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Declan Rice’s ball from deep started the move and Winks finished with aplomb, silencing those who criticised Gareth Southgate’s decision to play the pair together.

Falling a goal behind failed to dampen the home side’s spirits and Kosovo continued to play attractive football until the half-time whistle blew, ultimately undone by a lack of quality in the final third. 

Marcus Rashford’s 59th-minute introduction was the catalyst for a brief period of improved tempo, the Manchester United striker starting a move that resulted in Harry Kane hitting the post. Poor decision making prevented Rashford from unleashing a shot in the box, and England’s attacking intent seemed to fizzle out with that move.

At least until their opponents tired and seemed to switch off. Kosovo’s inability to clear a ball into the box gifted England an undeserved second in the 79th minuteFidan Aliti sliced Raheem Sterling’s cross over his head and it landed in ​Harry Kane‘s path. 

The Tottenham striker made it 2-0 and became the first England player to score in every game of a qualifying campaign.

Harry Kane

Just four minutes later and it was 3-0, a clever interchange between ​Rashford and Sterling setting the former free to drive a low shot home from the edge of the box. Kosovo were once again in a generous mood as the game ticked into stoppage time, Muric playing a poor ball to his defender and a slip allowed Mason Mount to score his first England goal with ease.


Kosovo

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Muric (6); Vojvoda (6), Rrahmani (6) Aliti (5), Kololli (6); Celina (7), Dresevic (7), Berisha (6); Hadergjonaj (6), Nuhiu (7*), Rashica (7)

Substitutes: Halimi (6), Zhegrova (5), Rashani (5)


England

Key Talking Point

The pre-match narrative was dominated by Southgate’s selection of both Rice and Winks, who supposedly couldn’t play together. The goal aside, there were signs that this could be an option for England against better opposition. 

Winks dropped deeper to offer England greater protection without the ball and in possession, Rice acted as the pivot to enable the Tottenham midfielder to drive forward. This tactical flexibility could be a huge asset when they come up against teams more adept at controlling the ball.

Harry Winks

The longer periods in which both sat deep rendered England too ponderous to have any real threat, a balance that will need to be addressed if Southgate has further plans to use the pair in a three-man midfield. 


Given that qualification had been assured with a 7-0 humbling of Montenegro on Thursday evening, selecting Sunday’s drab and painful England performance as the key talking point seemed a little harsh.

But make no mistake, this was one of England’s poorest performances under Southgate. The number of players culpable of basic errors is too long to list, yet Trent Alexander-Arnold, Tyrone Mings and Callum Hudson-Odoi were by far the worst culprits. If anonymity is better than committing silly mistakes, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane can be excused for their prolonged periods without involvement, only coming alive in the final 15 minutes.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Pope (6); Alexander-Arnold (6), Maguire (6), Mings (5), Chilwell (6); Winks (7*), Rice (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7); Hudson-Odoi (4), Kane (6), Sterling (6)

Substitutes: Rashford (7), Mount (6), Tomori (5)


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In a game without tempo and littered by as many individual errors as this England performance, sometimes scoring a goal is all you need to be named as your team’s best player.

Playing in a slightly unfamiliar role for his country, Winks was brave in bringing the ball from deep and showed excellent desire to reach the Kosovo penalty for his opener. There was a genuine quality in his first touch, which allowed him all the space he needed to compose his strike.


Accused of an obsession for sideways passing, Winks deserves credit for the positive nature of his distribution – something that looked like it could be dangerous when utilised further up the pitch.

The beauty was that Winks still played with the handbrake on to an extent, helping out Rice when Kosovo enjoyed their best spells of possession. This enabled the ​Tottenham midfielder to be in the right place at the right time more often than not, minimising the impact of his teammates’ mistakes.


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Looking Ahead

Note the 30th November in your diary, the day England will discover their Euro 2020 Group D opponents. The ‘mouth-watering’ prospect of Scotland making up the four-team complement has already caught the eye, although that will depend on their playoff performance. While rumours of a ‘group of death’ took all of two minutes to rear their pessimistic head.

Once the draw has been completed, expect the FA to announce friendlies against nations suited to Euro 2020 preparation. 

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Michael O’Neill Is the Right Man to Finally End Stoke City’s Misery

Days before the international break, Stoke City were manager-less, bottom of the league, struggling to string two passes together and heading towards an unthinkable plummet into England’s third division. ​

In times of such crises, a fearsome boss with Championship experience and an iron fist is needed, and many expected the Potters to follow this tried and tested route to escape their seemingly never-ending mess.

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Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce, and *shudders* David Moyes were all names that were banded around, along with the typical ‘safe pair of hands’ or ‘adept firefighter’ chat that comes with it. 

But chairman Peter Coates opted for a more left-field choice in Michael O’Neill, the current Northern Ireland manager. The appointment of a man with no Championship experience was met with the usual cries of ‘get behind the new boss’ and ‘no one can save this group of useless imbeciles’ – or words to that effect. 

The bottom line is, none of the fanbase was really sure what ​Stoke City were letting themselves in for. 

That is, until O’Neill’s touchline debut. 

Gone was the daring diamond that the departed Nathan Jones lived by, as well as the unconventional back-three which the Welshman would revert to when his plan A inevitably backfired. 

Stoke lined up against Barnsley in a boring 4-4-2 formation. No frills, no trequartista, no attempt to gegenpress. In the words of Mike Bassett: Four, four, f*cking, two. 

The Potters scored four goals for the first time in 156 matches, four years and four managers, beating the Tykes 4-2 at Oakwell. 

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O’Neill had only been in charge for about 24 hours, but the team selection was undoubtedly made by the Northern Irishman himself, and the players performed with a new lease of life, freed from the shackles of confusing and unachievable systems. 

Not a bad start, then. 

Stoke’s early optimism comes with the warning that they had beaten a team only one place above themselves in the table, along with the usual caveats that follow being a Potter’s supporter. Heartbreak is always just around the corner. 

Whilst the Stoke faithful were left to bask in the glory of their third league win of the season, O’Neill was jetting off to Windsor Park to continue spinning his other miracle-plate. The 50-year-old has remained in charge of Northern Ireland, despite his arrival in the Potteries, and he is aiming to take his nation to another European tournament. 

The only obstacles standing in his way are UEFA Nations League finalists the Netherlands and World Cup 2014 winners Germany. Piece of cake. 

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Unfortunately for the Green and White Army, their goalless draw against the Dutch means that they must face the dreaded playoffs if they are to reach the summer competition. The Northern Ireland players will be ruing a missed penalty against Ronald Koeman’s Holland, which could have seen them take their Euro 2020 automatic qualification charge to the final game of the group stages.

But the outcome of the match is not necessarily the focal point of this story. The genuine pre-game belief, coupled with the post-match disappointment, speaks volumes of how far O’Neill has brought Northern Ireland, and what he can achieve with even the most limited of resources. 

Statistically and emotionally, the inspirational boss has taken his country from its lowest trough to its highest peak. Northern Ireland were languishing in 129th in the FIFA Rankings list in 2012, (their lowest rank in history) and they now sit in 34th position. 

And most importantly, they fear no one. 

In an age where football is becoming more and more complicated, O’Neill is able to simplify the game down to its basic ingredients, without restricting his troops to conservative, route-one systems and mind-numbing football. 

Koeman may have brandished Northern Ireland’s style as ‘outrageous’ and ‘terrible’ during their first encounter in the group stage, but they were words of a man clearly rattled, having been out-thought and out-gunned for long periods by their stubborn and lesser opposition. 

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Koeman’s insults will have reached O’Neill’s ears as compliments, and his sheepish apology after Saturday’s stalemate will have meant just as little to the no-nonsense Northern Irishman. His national side has been built on defying the odds in ways that suit them, and whether Norn Iron reach Euro 2020 or not, the magnificent boss has changed the mentality of not just a team, but an entire nation. 

That brings us neatly back round to Staffordshire. 

It’s clear that a changing of air was needed at the Bet365 stadium following Jones’ car-crash reign, and in 90 minutes O’Neill proved what Jones failed to demonstrate in 1260: this squad has the capacity to be successful – if used correctly. 

James McClean will not be asked to fill in as a wing-back anymore. Bruno Martins-Indi will not be pulled out of his comfortable centre-back position. There will no square pegs in round holes. Just good old-fashioned round pegs in solid round holes. 

Desperate times no longer call for desperate measures in Staffordshire, they call for calm heads and a steady hand. There’s a new sheriff in town – and his name is Cool Hand Michael. 

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