Friday 16th November 2018
Tom Hardy – UCFB Sports Business & Media student 2018
After Jadon Sancho made his first England start against the USA, the question arose whether the Borussia Dortmund youngster would have got his chance so soon, if he had not made the decision to leave Manchester City in the summer of 2017.
Sancho has been a revelation so far this season, contributing to ten goals in eleven games for far this campaign (four goals, six assists). In fact, Dortmund are so impressed with Sancho, reports suggest that they will now extensively scout the UK attempting to find their next young star.
The London – born winger started off his youth career with Watford joining the Hornets at the age of seven. Manchester City came calling at the age of 14, joining for a fee rising to £500,000. Unfortunately for Sancho, game-time was hard to come by under Pep Guardiola, with fellow youth prospects Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz being preferred.
Since deciding to move from the Etihad to the Westfalenstadion, Sancho has gone from strength to strength. Since making his senior debut in October 2017 against Frankfurt, Sancho has gone on to make 23 Bundesliga appearances for BVB, scoring five goals and providing ten assists.
In addition to this, he already has a goal and an assist to his name in the UEFA Champions League with the youngster scoring against Atletico Madrid last month.
Sancho is not the first English player to test their skills in the Bundesliga. There was six English youngsters playing in the league last season, with Sancho and Hoffenheim loanee Reiss Nelson making the headlines this term.
His form this season, however, has taken Gareth Southgate’s notice with Sancho making his England debut in Croatia last month and drawing praise for his performance against the USA. With the young Englishman earning rave reviews in Germany’s top flight, Sancho will be hoping he can establish himself as one of Europe’s elite wingers in the near future.