Comparing Jadon Sancho’s 21-22 stats to England’s other forwards

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Jadon Sancho celebrates his goal for Manchester United against Manchester City, Etihad Stadium, March 2022

After a tough start to life back in England, Jadon Sancho is finally performing well for Manchester United, and can consider himself unlucky to have missed out on the latest England squad for the upcoming international break.

England manager Gareth Southgate stated that “there are other attacking players who are ahead of him” when explaining his surprise omission, and many feel that this is unfair on the 21-year-old.

Sancho’s Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford was also dropped, with his poor form this season not doing himself any favours, but with the likes of Jack Grealish also coming under criticism, Sancho’s recent form arguably should have seen him receive a call-up.

Sancho was one of three players who missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final shootout defeat to Italy, but seems to have bounced back from a low point in his career, and has been a shining light in an otherwise dismal Manchester United side.

We’ve compared his Premier League stats from this season to the other wide attackers called up ahead of him -Raheem Sterling, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish – to see if Southgate’s explanation is totally justified.

Goals

Raheem Sterling – 10
Emile Smith Rowe – 9
Bukayo Saka – 8
Phil Foden – 7
Jadon Sancho – 3
Jack Grealish – 2

Assists

Bukayo Saka – 5
Phil Foden – 3
Jadon Sancho – 3
Emile Smith Rowe – 2
Jack Grealish – 2
Raheem Sterling – 1

Minutes per goal

Raheem Sterling – 156.8
Emile Smith Rowe – 157.2
Phil Foden – 230
Bukayo Saka – 260
Jadon Sancho – 499.6
Jack Grealish – 725.5

Minutes per goal or assist

Emile Smith Rowe – 128.6
Raheem Sterling – 142.5
Bukayo Saka – 160
Phil Foden – 161.1
Jadon Sancho – 249.8
Jack Grealish – 362

Chances created per 90 minutes

Jack Grealish – 2.2
Bukayo Saka – 2
Jadon Sancho – 2
Raheem Sterling – 1.7
Phil Foden – 1.6
Emile Smith Rowe – 1.5

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)

Jadon Sancho – 2.1 (51.2%)
Jack Grealish – 1.9 (59.3%)
Raheem Sterling – 1.9 (43.1%)
Emile Smith Rowe – 1.7 (65.3%)
Phil Foden – 1.6 (64%)
Bukayo Saka – 1.3 (43.3%)

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)

Jack Grealish – 44 (87.9%)
Jadon Sancho – 43.9 (83.1%)
Phil Foden – 42.9 (87.8%)
Raheem Sterling – 38 (85.5%)
Emile Smith Rowe – 36.4 (87.6%)
Bukayo Saka – 32.8 (79.8%)

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)

Bukayo Saka – 2.8 (2.2)
Phil Foden – 2.7 (1.7)
Raheem Sterling – 2.6 (1.5)
Jack Grealish – 2.1 (1.9)
Emile Smith Rowe – 2 (1.4)
Jadon Sancho – 1.3 (1)


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