Big money Manchester United target Jadon Sancho was overlooked for England’s match squad against Croatia on Sunday.
It underlined how England are blessed with options at Euro 2020, and while the decision seemed a little odd, it’s not exactly bad for Manchester United’s transfer pursuit of the player.
We are going to break down three ways how the decision to leave Sancho out benefits United…
Clearer path to focus on move
Sancho posted a message at the weekend showing he was ‘fired up’ for Euro 2020. He may be forgiven for letting his mind wander a little now.
Negotiations between United and Dortmund seemed to be progressing along at pace last week. Hopefully the two clubs did not take a break at the weekend.
If United make the breakthrough with Dortmund this week and Sancho is required to discuss the finer point on terms, have a medical, and take official media photos, then England may be willing to release him for a day.
Sancho is 50-50 to be in England’s squad against Scotland on Friday. Even Jack Grealish was an unused substitute against Croatia.
Due to the fact he is not an essential part of the starting XI, England are unlikely to have a problem with Sancho taking a ‘personal day’ to travel to Manchester to seal his transfer, if the opportunity presents itself.
No complications from the match
In any match there are a wide range of outcomes. By not playing, Sancho avoids various extreme scenarios.
Let’s take ‘option A’, where Sancho played for England and suffered an injury. This could have played havoc with his potential move if it were serious enough to rule him out for a few months.
Keeping him out of action protects him and keeps him fresh. It also helps supress his value.
Take ‘option B’ where Sancho plays for England and scores once and provides assists for two more goals in a 3-0 win.
Dortmund would suddenly be hiking up Sancho’s price tag and making negotiations even trickier than they already are. Nobody wants this to drag out any longer.
Sancho gets a kick in the right direction
Sancho will be disappointed to have been left out. At present he seems like a luxury player for Gareth Southgate, and not part of his first choice XI.
He will be realising that a transfer move will be in his best interests, to both raise his game and raise his profile.
It won’t guarantee selection – as Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford discovered, but it should make him more determined to return to the Premier League where Gareth Southgate can watch him more easily.
This could also make Sancho work harder. He knows he could stagnate by staying at Dortmund and a transfer move to United will be a new test for him.
His England snub is a little reminder to him he is not the complete player yet, and he can’t get complacent. It should make him even more determined to be successful.
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