Chelsea Football Club suffered a one-year transfer ban from FIFA last February. The ban came as a result of Chelsea breaching FIFA’s stringent stance pertaining to the signing of under-16 players for undisclosed or disclosed fees. However, Chelsea have appealed to CAS (Court of Arbitration of Sport) and the decision to repeal the ban is to be made on November 20th, 2019. If Chelsea succeed, there will be some activity in January, but far more activity coming in the summer of 2020. Here’s a look at a very exciting target and how he’d fit tactically in Frank Lampard’s squad.
The young English star has warranted a move to some of Europe’s most prestigious clubs with Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Real Madrid all keeping tabs on the Borussia Dortmund player. Jadon Sancho is a right-winger who has been explosive since coming on the scene last season. In the 2018/2019 campaign for Borussia Dortmund he had a hand in 13-goals and 19-assists in 43 appearances, which is an excellent return for a 19-year old right-winger.
How he’d fit under Frank Lampard
Currently Chelsea have one dedicated right-winger in Willian. However the Brazilian will be out of contract this summer and for that reason Chelsea have been linked to Sancho. Frank Lampard has deployed a double-pivot this season for a plethora of reasons, but if he continues to employ one going into next season Sancho will be right home. Lucien Favre also employs a double-pivot with Sancho playing on the right. The England international lacks the explosiveness that say Christian Pulisic has, however his close-control, calculated approach in the final third and excellent byline creativity makes him a very attractive prospect. Sancho uses body feints, close control, and superb dribbling technique to create on the byline.
Under Lampard he would be tasked with being ruthless in front of goal, as his former Dortmund compatriot Christian Pulisic has been encouraged to be under Lampard. Lampard tasks Willian with filling in the third central midfield role in transition, Favre also asks this of Sancho but more-so to track the opposition’s fullback as opposed to close gaps in midfield. Under Lampard Sancho will have the opportunity to carry the ball through midfield as well as on the wing.
Out wide is where Sancho excels as he’s one of the best crossers on the ground and lofted balls to the back post in Europe; Pep Guardiola would be proud. He’d also be tasked with playing passes in behind the opposition defence to willing runners such as Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and the prolific Tammy Abraham. Lampard employs quick triangular ball progression via his wingers (Pulisic, Willian), the central midfielders (Kovacic, Jorginho) and the third man runner (Mount, Abraham). Sancho is used to this method under Favre.
Sancho’s spatial awareness and ability to scan the field and anticipation of defenders movements make him dangerous on the wing. Chelsea’s modus operandi has been off-ball movement (see Tammy Abraham’s goal versus Newcastle and Christian Pulisic’s versus Crystal Palace). Secondly, transitioning quickly through winning duels in midfield, an example would be Christian Pulisic’s first and second goals against Burnley. Sancho will most likely have Reece James playing right-back who’s able to come inside as an inverted fullback and track midfield runners, whereas Sancho would continue to track opposition wingers in transition.
If Chelsea do sign him, Sancho would bare the creative burden on the right side whereas Pulisic will be tasked with goal accumulation. Sancho’s ability to create high quality chances from the right hand side is a valuable trait with Callum-Hudson Odoi nor Christian Pulisic particularly prolific on the right. Sancho tends to be passive off-the-ball which would need rectifying as Lampard expects 100% commitment off the ball from his wingers.