Following the news that Juventus have been scouting Marcus Rashford, according to The Times, much has been made over whether or not the 21-year-old should leave his boyhood club.
The Manchester United academy graduate has had a difficult time of late under Jose Mourinho. Despite starting a fair amount of games, Rashford has featured largely on the flanks as opposed to his favoured central position.
Despite their poor form, the Portuguese boss has preferred to start Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez in that position instead; to compare, when started centrally for England this season, Rashford has scored three goals and recorded an assist, compared to just two goals for the Red Devils.
His frustration has seldom been seen more openly than at Turf Moor this season when United took on Burnley, where the forward butted heads with Phil Bardsley and was consequently sent off.
Whilst he doesn’t appear one to cause a fuss and make outrageous demands, the England international needs to jump ship whilst Mourinho is still manager and look to kickstart what has become a stagnating career.
He could do worse than take a look at how Reiss Nelson and his international teammate Jadon Sancho have fared whilst playing abroad. The duo, three years younger than Rashford, joined a short list of Englishman who have opted to show their talents overseas, and have been in the form of their young lives.
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Nelson, on loan from Arsenal, received the ‘Rookie of the Month’ award for his fine form in October, scoring three goals in four games. In Sancho’s case, he managed to break into the England squad whilst also receiving the ‘Bundesliga Player of the Month’ award for his fine form of late.
Whilst the Gunners’ starlet is only away temporarily, the Borussia Dortmund star’s story is more applicable to Rashford’s situation. Sancho, formerly of Manchester City, grew tired at the lack of opportunities at the Etihad and took it upon himself to force a move; if a teenager who had never played a first team game can do that, then so too can the 21-year-old.