Should Borussia Dortmund look to extend Jadon Sancho’s stay at the club?

According to reports, Borussia Dortmund are looking to extend Jadon Sancho’s stay at the Westfalenstadion. Has Sancho justified such a move by the club?
SV Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
SV Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga / Oliver Hardt/GettyImages

Borussia Dortmund finished their weekend with a hard fought win against Werder Bremen that made it two Bundesliga victories in a row for Die Schwarzgelben. The Black and Yellows went 2-0 up before a Marcel Sabitzer red card brought them down to 10 men. The team was able to hold on for a 2-1 win, which led to a much needed three points. 

One of the catalysts of this win was Jadon Sancho, who scored one of Dortmund's two goals. Sancho went on a very good run in the box and placed the ball in the back of the net from a tight angle; a move reminiscent of his first stint with Dortmund and hopefully a glimpse of what the future may bring for him this season and beyond. 

In the advent of this performance, rumors have began to filter in that there is a strategy being prepared by the club to keep Sancho long term. According to Bild, the plan seems to be to extend the player’s loan for another year and/or find a way to make the deal permanent after the possible sale of Donyell Malen this summer. Malen, despite performing at a very high level again, still seems to be a primary candidate for departure for the club.

The question then is, should the club be focusing so much on retaining Sancho"s services? The answer to this question is well, to be determined. So far, Sancho's contributrions haven't justified the potential asking price that Dortmund would likely encounter when negotiating with Manchester United. Dortmund also have a lot of positions that they need to shore up this coming summer, including the defense and midfield, so any deal for Sancho, even with potential sales of players like Malen, would still call for the deal to be very economically favorable for the club.

There also needs to be a more consistent level of output on the player's end to really justify any potential effort to make such a move a reality. So far, Sancho has contributerd with a goal and an assist since moving back to Dortmund in January, and it's clear that the player is trying when on the pitch for the team. As mentioned however, these contributions, while appreciated, would not warrant a record breaking transfer for the club.

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Of course, Sancho still has a few months to prove to everyone that the justification is there, especially in the very important games against Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich on the horizon. if he can really up his game over this time period, it may prove to be enough reason for Dortmund to make a more serious effort to keep their former player for many eyars to come.