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OFFICIAL: Jadon Sancho is BACK!

I did it.

Manchester United v Borussia Dortmund - Preseason Friendly Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Firstly, you may be asking yourself, “what do you mean, YOU did it?” Well reader, let me tell you. Since July 2021, when Sancho departed for Manchester United, I have been manifesting. Scheming. Willing. Quietly, I have spent just a little bit of my energy every day since then to simply will Jadon Sancho back to Borussia Dortmund, and after a long and tiring few years, I have done it. It’s been difficult maintaining impartiality among my colleagues, listening to facts and reason, accepting the analytical and tactical challenges. But in the end I won, so it was all worth it.

Following his tumultuous spell with the Red Devils, Jadon Sancho has made his official return to BVB, in the short term. A loan deal is what has been agreed, and Borussia Dortmund will part with €3 million and a few more for his salary to bring Sancho home. Reports have been coy about a buy option for Sancho, but after a drawn out transfer saga, it seems a purchase plan was never settled upon. Sancho’s return follows a falling out with his manager Erik Ten Hag, who was never able to get the best out of Sancho, and the two simply grew impatient with each other until there was nothing left to salvage. If you read my piece about swapping Malen and Sancho, you will know that there are some significant risks to bringing Sancho back into the fold at BVB; tactical, personal, and otherwise. But BVB have decided that the former starlet is worth the risk.

And why shouldn’t he be?

I’ve heard all the concerns, I’ve even written some of the them. But Sancho is back and this is happening, so let’s take it for what it could be.

Sancho loves this club. When things went south in Manchester, Sancho only had his eyes on one place. I call you all back to one moment in BVB history that for me, as a fan, told me everything I needed to know about Jadon Sancho.

FC Schalke 04 v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

Jadon Sancho at the Veltins Arena, picks up the captain’s armband, slides it on his arm, scores, and grabs the BVB badge. This drive, this commitment, this show of Black and Yellow in the veins is why I have never given up hope on Sancho’s return to BVB. Now that he is back, I think we should all allow ourselves to believe he can be that guy. THE guy.

BVB are in a rut. Club legend Marco Reus is in the twilight of his career, and a disjointed cast of young stars and struggling veterans are fighting to find some common ground to build a path to victory. It feels as though the BVB identity is leaking out the sides, and no one is there to catch it. Jadon Sancho has a long way to go to be the player he was in Gelsenkirchen that day, but if he is willing, he can be the answer for this club. Forget the loan. If Sancho can make good on his time in BVB and return for good, why couldn’t he stamp his name on the next era of this club’s history? Sancho is at the perfect age to leverage his experience as a long time Dortmund player, and a player with international experience, to gain some real status at the club. He is also still plenty young, and at 23 years of age, he can still act as a bridge between Dortmund’s young talent and the rest of the team. The time for negativity and doubt it over: Sancho is here, and we need to believe that he can do it. That’s what Sancho needs from the fans.

All we need in return is some football. Sancho is not back at BVB to undergo psychological rehabilitation; he’s here to play football. Now that he has the move he so desperately wanted, it’s time to settle in, lace up the boots, and remind us why you were, for many of the fans, one of the greatest players we ever watched for this historic club.

Welcome back Jadon.