The 20-year-old Portugal international has joined the Premier League side on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich, after he struggled to get into the German side’s first-team last season.
After his swashbuckling displays for his country in last season’s European Championships, a lot of fans probably expected Sanches to cruise through this afternoon’s fixture against Newcastle, but his passing was constantly wayward and he struggled to fully adapt to the hectic pace of the match.
Midway through the second-half, he was hauled off by manager Paul Clement – and, for his own sake, he should probably steer clear of Twitter for the next day or two:
Renato Sanchez has been the worst player on the field so far. So so poor
— KB (@CreativeMesut) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanchez has given the ball away 14 times already in 30 mins. That's crazy.
— Sir Coutinho! (@LFC_13_WP) September 10, 2017
— Mark (@_MSC26) September 10, 2017
Renato sanches is useless
— Alan Smith (@alsmith_1987) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches?? Not judging him completely but that game did show him up a lot.
— Louis (@Louis_whufc) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanchez is steeling a living! Dog shit!!
— Domo (@ID0M01) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches looks like the next Freddy Adu on that performance
— Dj (@DaltBall) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches – The most overrated player in world football
— Connor⚫️⚪️ (@ConnorJameson_) September 10, 2017
MIKEL MERINO > RENATO SANCHES FACT.
— Reece (@_nufcreece) September 10, 2017
I dunno who deserved to win this game but Renato Sanchez is awful
— Ugonna (@VikkiAngelX) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches: that's the sort of performance you would put in after missing a year of 5-a-side football. #SWANEW
— TopTrevor (@TopTrevor) September 10, 2017
renato sanchez is way below average
— lion (@olusledgeolaoye) September 10, 2017
Renato sanchez struggling today, was way off the pace against us in pre season and looks absolutely shit lol
— Phill Holt (@phillholt23) September 10, 2017
— James (@james_89d) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches' career at Swansea is already over
— Jac-Thomas Holmes (@JacThomasHolmes) September 10, 2017
Renato Sanches def overrated, the hype is shocking stuff
— Fisayo (@AO_Era) September 10, 2017
Quite a strong reaction, eh?
Was he really that poor this afternoon? And shouldn’t a player so young be given a bit more leeway?