Real Madrid Transfers: The pros and cons of the top 5 forward targets for 2021

PSG, Kylian Mbappe (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

Dortmund FW Jadon Sancho

An electrifying, chance-creation forward who can play on either side of the formation and has been world-class since stepping foot in Dortmund, Jadon Sancho could be the player Eden Hazard never has been able to be for Los Merengues.


  • Jadon Sancho’s resume over the past couple of seasons at Dortmund is as impressive as Kylian Mbappe’s at PSG, but he plays for a smaller club so his team’s success does not give him the same opportunities for recognition. The England international had 29 goals and 30 assists in the league across his first two seasons and is currently at 15 goal contributions in 21 appearances for the 2020-2021 Bundesliga season.
  • Just 20, Sancho is developing rapidly in the Bundesliga. He started as a “fun” player to watch who could create moments of magic but would often make poor decisions and lose the ball in dangerous positions. Now, Sancho is becoming a more efficient dribbler and is even better at picking out the right pass.
  • Sancho can fit Real’s need on the right wing, even though he is a right-footer. His weak foot is better than Haaland’s, too. The 20-year-old can score wide-angle shots across the keeper or curlers, and his creative numbers, including three key passes per season in 2020-2021 so far, are breathtaking.

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  • Jadon Sancho will probably cost well over 100 million euros. Real Madrid would be paying a premium price for a very good goal-scorer, but not a premium goal-scorer. Sancho would fit a positional need and is a world-class talent, but does he fill Real’s most pressing goal-scoring need? That’s a key question.
  • Like Haaland, Sancho has benefited greatly from the end-to-end nature of the Bundesliga. Both he and Haaland have the tools to adjust to La Liga, but, again, he will have to face a different challenge with more robust defensive systems and low blocks. Sancho will be tasked with helping to break those down.
  • Why should Real spend so much on Sancho when they have Rodrygo Goes? (I bring up Rodrygo, since he can play on both sides and potentially do the things Sancho does, maybe even at a higher level in the future if he gets the experience.) Sancho brings more goals and has a better resume, but Real have to be careful with how they spend and should show trust in their current talents.