Liverpool are gearing up for one of their most exciting summer transfer windows recent times. The Reds are widely tipped to splash out in order to improve the depth and variety in the first team. However, there may need to be tough decisions made. Personally, this writer believes that it is in the club’s long term interest to sell Sadio Mane or Mo Salah if it means we can bring in Jadon Sancho.
At the start of the season I wrote that we should sell Salah if it meant we could get in two out of the three of Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz.
As the season has worn on my thinking has changed: Liverpool should bring in Jadon Sancho by any means necessary.
There can be no understating just how good this lad is. In September people told me that selling Salah to bring in Sancho would be daft as the Englishman was just a one season wonder, he would plateau this year.
In the German Bundesliga we have seen Sancho bag 14 goals and 15 assists in 23 games.
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By contrast, Mo has netted 16 goals and picked up six assists across 26 games. Mane has 14 goals and seven assists in 26 games.
The fact that the Dortmund winger is just a couple of goals behind Mo and level with Sadio despite playing fewer games is staggering.
Of course, these numbers aren’t perfectly equivocal due to the difference in competition and footballing systems.
However, one thing is clear: Sancho has got it. The winger turned 20-years-old yesterday, by the start of next season he will be eight years younger than our two current wide forwards.
Whilst the Englishman may not be able to have the same impact immediately, he won’t be far off and we would get a decade of him – we have half of that amount of time with Mane and Salah.
If we were to sign Sancho for the £100m touted by the Daily Mail and sold one of our current wide forwards we would likely make a handsome profit.
Kopites may not like to hear it but they didn’t want to hear it when we sold Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool are dominating at the minute because they are uniquely sustainable, these moves are crucial to this sustainability.
Rip the plaster off; sell one our wingers and sign Jadon Sancho, we’d never regret it.