One of the more encouraging inclusions in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad was Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. The London born teenager has been a sensation for his club over the past couple of seasons.
This latest landmark is one likely to finally blow the lid off Sancho’s career. There are already murmurs of interest from the Premier League, with big money quoted by way of an asking price. However, Sancho might do well to remain where he is for now. After all, he has already once turned his back on English Football in his fledgling career.
Blossoming in the Bundesliga
The Bundesliga has been great to him. Increasingly regular football at a more than decent level has helped to bring out the best in the former Manchester City academy player.
He has been given invaluable game time and blossomed in to one of Dortmund’s star youngsters. He already has an impressive eight assists to his name this season and has won over the home fans with his dynamism and one-on-one trickery.
Other talented players currently sat out and watching from the sidelines of Premier League clubs, would do well to take heed from Sancho. Aged only seventeen, he ditched the UK for Germany and has never looked back.
His inclusion in the senior England squad is something that should inspire others to follow in his footsteps and go abroad to seek match time and career development.
There have already been a couple of talented teens crossing the North Sea over the past few seasons. Ademola Lookman and Reece Oxford both had loan spells in the top half of the German top flight last season. However, few have made a move to a foreign club permanent as such a young age. Give Sancho’s success, there may well be something of an attitude change in the coming seasons.
Sound Head on his shoulders
“After school I would just be playing f ootball and other people around me would be doing bad stuff and I didn’t want to get in to doing that.
“When City came along I thought it was a good opportunity to get out of the hood. There were a lot of bad influences.” said a 15-year-old Sancho in quotes carried by outsideoftheboot.
Not many players mid way through their teens are as switched on as he clearly was at such a tender age. It’s refreshing to hear from Sancho and a clear sign that he is dedicated to his career and achieving at the highest level.
He certainly has the ability to thrive if he were to leave the German giants. His pace, distribution and close control are excellent. In addition he can also play in a front three or in behind the striker. It’s clear to see why Dortmund have him on contract until 2022.
That so far, sound head of his, will need guidance now as the spotlight is well and truly settled on him. There are many things that can turn a players head and make them lose focus, success does bring it’s pitfalls. However, the set up at Dortmund is world class and he is surrounded by good pros, with an experienced manager in Lucien Favre. There should be no shortage of guidance for him there.
If he carries on in this current vein, the sky is the limit for Sancho. He has been turning heads for a while now, winning the Player of the Tournament at the UEFA Under-17 European Championships, as well as the Under 17 World Cup are incredible notches on his belt. He will be hoping for many more as his career continues in an upward trajectory.