With the star’s exit rumors once again doing the rounds, BVB will be weighing up their options in case a transfer materializes.
Jadon Sancho has been one of the hottest properties in football for quite some time now. Since his breakout season with Borussia Dortmund, the winger has only grown from strength to strength and is currently wrapping up another highly impressive campaign.
With 16 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, he also lifted his first major title with BVB recently, netting twice in their DFB Pokal triumph over RB Leipzig.
But such a prolific record is only going to invite more suitors at his door in the summer. Should he really leave this time, Borussia Dortmund will no doubt be looking for an able replacement of him.
Here are five players who could replace Jadon Sancho at BVB.
5. Leon Bailey
Leon Bailey’s name has become quite regular the transfer gossip columns. The winger had opted to stay at Bayer Leverkusen last season, however, this summer will test his ambitions once again, especially if the club fails to secure an UCL spot.
Though not a prolific scorer like Jadon Sancho, the Jamaican can perform on either flank. He loves to cut inside and shoot with his left foot. Bailey’s dribbling quality is also impressive and he is a set-piece threat as well.
This season, his goal contributions are nearly the same as Jadon Sancho. while Bailey has nine goals to the Englishman’s eight, the Borussia Dortmund star has 11 assists, two more than the Jamaican. The only issue might be his price – Bailey won’t come any cheaper than €50 million.
4. David Neres
He’s been so impressive for Ajax that it’s almost incredible David Neres has never truly dominated transfer headlines. The 24-year old’s swashbuckling performances have attracted a number of Premier League clubs before, but no one really tabled a bid for him.
Neres has made no secret of his desire to play for a ‘big side’ one day. However, given that he’s still only 24, the grass seems greener at Borussia Dortmund, as the winger could hone his skills further with a side that has a stellar record of nurturing young talents.
Fast, nimble-footed and peerless finisher – the Brazilian comes with loads of talent. Injuries and loss of form have limited him to only three goals and four assists this season, but when he’s on form, he could well be a proper replacement of Jadon Sancho.
3. Roland Sallai
Another young player BVB should into if they want to replace Jadon Sancho. Roland Sallai has played against BVB a number of times since joining Freiburg in 2018. Although he didn’t enjoy much success, the 2020/21 season has truly been a breakout year for him, netting eight goals and six assists in the league.
In fact, this is statistically his best season yet, despite missing five games through injuries. Borussia Dortmund will be cautious not to jump the gun, but Sallai is only 23, and will only get better from here.
2. Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel Chukwueze has long been heralded as Nigeria’s next big thing. Although he’s yet to live up to that reputation, the 21-year old certainly has the potential. He’s terrorized defenses in La Liga with his direct approach and creates plenty of chances for his teammates.
What he lacks for compared to Jadon Sancho is a steady stream of goals. Chukwueze has scored only four goals in 28 league appearances this season. However, the Nigerian makes up for that with his prolific dribbling ability which allows him to get the ball forward and thread a pass for the striker in the final third.
1. Viktor Tsygankov
It might seem like an odd choice to some, but there’s a cautious optimism surrounding Viktor Tsygankov. The 24-year-old is touted as a real talent with the potential to deliver at the highest level. And what better place to find that out than Borussia Dortmund?
The club has transformed so many unknown quantities into world-beaters in the past, including Jadon Sancho and Viktor could just be the next one in line. With 12 goals and eight assists this season, Tsyganko was also the driving force behind Kyiv’s title success in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Of course, it’s not an elite-level competition. But there’s so much to like about him. He’s quick like Sancho and can dribble his way through mazy defenses. The best part? He’d come much cheaper than of the names on this list.