Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw says he is not worried by Jadon Sancho’s slow start to life at Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old has not scored or provided an assist since arriving from Borussia Dortmund for £73m, but Shaw claims he has seen enough in training to convince him that he will develop into a world-class player:
“Sometimes, for people, it takes time. I wouldn’t say struggle because I don’t think he’s struggling at the moment. He’s working extremely hard behind closed doors. He’s training really well and looking really sharp. He just hasn’t had that bit of luck that sometimes you need for your first goal or first assist. But I’ve got no doubt in my mind, it’s coming. The talent he has is unbelievable, he can go right to the very top. It’s just about him staying focused, keep doing what he’s doing in training and working hard. His time will come.”
Patience is definitely needed with Sancho. It wasn’t unreasonable to expect that the England international would have an instant impact, considering his performances for Dortmund over the past couple of years.
However, there are a lot of factors that could have contributed to his disappointing performances so far. The winger did not have much of a preseason and he picked up the virus, which likely slowed his integration into the squad.
On top of that, he is playing in a new league, which can take some time to adapt to, while it shouldn’t be overlooked that the pressures of playing for United are very different to what he used to at Dortmund.