JADON SANCHO believes he is back to his best after starting 2021 with a bang.
The Manchester United transfer target had failed to net in this season's Bundesliga before back-to-back goalscoring games since the turn of the year.
Sancho revealed a single-minded focus on his game over the Christmas break got him back on track.
He told bundesliga.com: "Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally.
"So I knew when I went away, I just focused on my game and came back raring to go.
"I'm working hard every day in training and on the pitch so I'm just happy to get my goals and assists."
Sancho was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's top transfer target last summer.
Dortmund's £108million demands blocked a deal from happening in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The club's bigwig Hans-Joachim Watzke claimed Sancho had 'subconsciously prepared for a move' to Old Trafford.
While the England international may not reach last season's heights – 40 goal contributions in 32 league games – he has still posted impressive figures this term.
In addition to his two recent strikes, he has provided seven Bundesliga assists – including two in the recent wins over Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig.
Sancho has also scored twice with two assists in five Champions League matches, while providing four goal contributions in the DFB-Pokal.
The return to Bundesliga goalscoring form is a welcome boost for Dortmund, who sacked manager Lucien Favre after last month's 5-1 thrashing by Stuttgart.
Favre's replacement Edin Terzic believes some 'small adjustments' have got Sancho back to his best.
He said: "Sometimes you have to accelerate on your first touch, don't get the opponent into situations where he can create two-vs-ones.
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"We spoke a lot but Jadon was always doing his best in the last weeks and months, but sometimes it's like that.
"Players are not always performing on this level. He knew that. He stayed hungry and we tried to support him as a team. We tried to support him individually.
"It worked out well in the last three games. He scored three goals, and now three assists also. He's in a good way to get into his best form."
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