Comparing Jadon Sancho’s 2019-20 stats to Man Utd’s existing forwards

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has been linked with a summer switch to Manchester United – but how would the forward fit in at Old Trafford?

Sancho has become one of the most sought-after players in world football and would reportedly cost in the region of £108million.

We’ve compared the 20-year-old’s Bundesliga stats from 2019-20 to the corresponding Premier League stats for United’s Marcus Rashford, Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. Odion Ighalo has not been included due to his lack of minutes in the Premier League.

Goals and assists

Sancho has registered 17 goals and 16 assists in 32 Bundesliga appearances in 2019-20, his best-ever tally in a single season.

That’s a goal every 134.8 minutes and an assist every 143.2 minutes – equating to a goal or assist every 69.4 minutes.

Of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options, Rashford unsurprisingly leads the way with 17 goals and seven assists at a rate of one every 110.6 minutes.

Martial has a record of 17 goals and six assists, averaging one every 114.7 minutes, while Greenwood has contributed 10 goals and an assist at an average of one every 119.3 minutes.

James is the furthest behind, he has provided three goals and six assists, averaging of a goal or assist every 254.6 minutes.

Passing and attacking

Sancho’s 16 assists have come as a result of him creating an average of 2.7 chances per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga in 2019-20.

That places him way ahead of United’s current options. Rashford creates 1.1 chances per 90 with Martial, Greenwood and James all on 1.0.

The 20-year-old also has a pass success rate of 85.1%, an improvement on Rashford (77.3%), James (78.7%) and Martial (80.6%). Greenwood comes out on top in this respect, with a pass success rate of 86.3%.

Noted for his ability to beat opposition players, Sancho completes 3.0 successful dribbles per 90 minutes at a success rate of 55.5%.

Rashford leads the way for United with 2.0 per 90 at a success rate of 48.7%. This is then followed by Martial (1.7 at 51.5%), Greenwood (1.4 at 63.6%) and James (1.1 at 44%).

Defensive contributions

Forwards aren’t renowned for their defensive work-rate, and Sancho’s average of 0.5 tackles per 90 minutes betters only Rashford (0.4).

Greenwood (1.2) and James (0.8) both post higher averages than Sancho while Martial also recorded 0.5 tackles per 90.

But Sancho does come out on top for interceptions per 90 minutes. His total (0.5) betters Greenwood (0.4),Rashford (0.3), James (0.3) and Martial (0.2).

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