Jadon Sancho is once again in the headlines because of his transgressions while Borussia Dortmund continue to struggle on the football field.
The kids aren’t alright at BVB. The club has severely struggled in the last three games against Bayern Munich, SC Paderborn and FC Barcelona, conceding 10 goals while picking up one meagre point against the Bundesliga bottom-dwellers.
Lucien Favre’s future is very much in jeopardy and may be determined by the outcome of Saturday’s result against Hertha Berlin, who just fired their coach Ante Covic and replaced him with Jürgen Klinsmann.
So, when the stakes are high for the self-proclaimed title challenger, yet another sideshow with Jadon Sancho is unbecoming, yet here we are.
The 19-year-old started on the bench at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night and Favre explained to Sky that Dortmund only can field players that are “focused and ready”.
Centre-back Mats Hummels said after the game that Sancho played well in the second half after he replaced Nico Schulz at halftime and scored the sole Dortmund goal in the 77th minute and: “showed a good reaction”.
Ruhr Nachrichten reported on Thursday that the Englishman showed late to the final team briefing in the team hotel ahead of the game, which is a big no-no and explains why Favre chose the words he chose.
Punctuality seems to be an overall problem for Sancho, who was suspended by the club for one league match against Borussia Mönchengladbach because he showed up a day too late after an international break.
The latest headlines certainly diminish the hopes of BVB fans, who are rooting for Sancho to stay past the summer. The midfielder most-recently found David Ornstein’s shoulder to cry on after he was correctly subbed off before halftime in the away game to Bayern Munich for a truely pathetic display.
But Sancho felt humiliated, scapegoated, singled-out and not backed by his own club according to the piece in the Atheltic.
One can only hope that all parties involved get their shit together ASAP as Dortmund heavily rely on Sancho’s contributions in goals and assists since Marco Reus’ good form is taking a sabbatical.