Borussia Dortmund defender Thomas Meunier has revealed why Jadon Sancho is much like his former Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe.
Belgian international Meunier joined the Bundesliga side on a free transfer this summer from PSG, following the departure of right-back Achraf Hakimi who had come to the end of his two-year loan spell at the club.
The 28-year-old arrives in Germany off the back of a hugely successful spell in France in which he was able to see first hand the devastating brilliance of World Cup winner Mbappe, the Frenchman having burst onto the scene at AS Monaco before making the switch to the Ligue 1 giants.
With Meunier now at Dortmund, he has now come across an equally as gifted young starlet in the form of England international Sancho and he believes that both players share a likeness for the arrogance of their play – although the right-back was keen to stress that there are ways to stop them.
“Jadon is a bit sneaky,” Meunier told BVB TV.
“He always wants to nutmeg you or dribble past you. It’s a bit like a humiliation. He wants you to know that he’s better than you.
“Mbappe is the same – they are a bit arrogant in the way they play. There are ways to stop them – you take the ball or take the man!”
While Sancho garners a lot of attention due to his quality and his youth, he is not the only young star to be shining brightly under Lucien Favre, with the likes of Erling Haland, Gio Reyna and former Birmingham City product Jude Bellingham all catching the eye of late.
That core of fledgeling talent is an exciting prospect for Dortmund fans and Meunier reckons his young teammate’s inexperience is not an issue, the defender stressing that ‘it makes no difference’ what their ages are as long as they strive to be successful.
“They’re fantastic, not only as footballers, but as people,” Meunier added.
“They’re all conscious of the fact we have the quality to do something great. We all want to win titles, and everyone is going in the same directions. They can be 17 or 25 – it makes no difference.”