Man Utd: Jadon Sancho in profile
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Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has suggested that Jadon Sancho could struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League next season, warning that the Red Devils may have paid over the odds to secure his signature. The 21-year-old, who is currently representing England at Euro 2020, has finally reached the end of his long and drawn-out transfer saga by leaving Borussia Dortmund to join United on a reported five-year contract.
The 20-time Premier League champions have announced that a deal has been agreed in principle to see Sancho make the switch to Old Trafford, subject to a medical, ahead of the new campaign.
United held a long-standing interest in the forward, trying and failing to secure his services on three previous occasions.
He was earmarked as the club’s top target once again this summer after enjoying another fruitful campaign with Dortmund, chipping in with 36 goal contributions from 38 appearances in all competitions.
Sancho’s highly-anticipated capture has been tipped by many to provide United with the additional quality required at the top of the pitch to challenge Manchester City for next season’s Premier League title.
However, despite the clamour around the man from Camberwell, Parker has expressed doubts over his ability to live up to expectations.
The 57-year-old exclusively told Express Sport that Sancho could face a tricky task in adapting to the no-nonsense nature of Premier League football, suggesting that in general, Bundesliga sides are nowhere near as defensively sound as their English counterparts.
“First and foremost, he has to hit the ground running for how long it’s taken to get over the line,” said Parker.
“I don’t know enough about him as a player, I haven’t watched him a lot. I’ve seen flashes as everyone’s seen, little montages of him made up of what he’s done in Germany.
“I would come out and say there’s a lot of people who watch German football, and I haven’t watched a lot of it, [but] I see high lines.
“I don’t see great defending at all in the goals those teams concede. It’s quite relatively high.
“I look at Bayern Munich this season and look at their national team, and there’s an issue going on with their league because their league is geared towards their national team.
The move will see him become the club’s third-most expensive signing of all time, behind only midfielder Paul Pogba and defender Harry Maguire, and Parker believes that his former employers may have been too generous in their determination to land the England star.
“I haven’t seen enough in my opinion for him [Sancho] to warrant that kind of money,” added Parker.
“But Manchester United paying over the odds is something which everyone is quite used to at this moment in time.”
Parker was speaking to Express Sport on behalf of Outlaw Pro, who are launching a six-part mini-series where Parker will join fellow ex-footballers in being trained by multi-world champion anglers on BT Sport next year.
“We’ve got different professional fishermen with all different styles of fishing, taking us and showing us different ways,” explained Parker.
“I just want to be with a person who’s happy to put a maggot on the hook and when I catch a fish they will hold it for me!”
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