Jamie Bynoe-Gittens: Who is Borussia Dortmund's latest English teenager?
Jamie Bynoe-Gittens is following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham at Borussia Dortmund. bundesliga.com profiles the England youth international...
Data correct as of 24 January 2023
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: Left wing
Country: England (4 U19 caps)
Born on 8 August 2004, Bynoe-Gittens grew up in the town of Reading, approximately 45 miles west of London. He signed up with the local youth academy at U9 level and, after rejecting an invitation to switch to Chelsea, eventually moved north to the Manchester City academy to join the U15s.
The right-footed attacker impressed to such an extent he was regularly fielded in older age categories, and he made his debut for the England U16s in August 2019 less than three weeks after turning 15. He made quite the impression in the starting line-up, too, scoring the opening goal in a 3-3 draw against the Republic of Ireland.
Just a month after that Bynoe-Gittens was given his first run-out in the U18 Premier League for City, coming off the bench at half-time to score the final goal in a 5-2 win over Liverpool. He moved to Germany in September 2020, and helped the Dortmund U19 team reach the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals in 2021/22 with six goals in five games.
Then came a moment to savour for Bynoe-Gittens, whose journey to Dortmund and the German top flight was rewarded with a senior debut against Wolfsburg on 16 April 2022. He helped England win the European U19 Championship, playing four times in the competition and starting the win over Israel in the final on July 1 2022, and scored his first Bundesliga goal on Matchday 2 of the 2022/23 season, against Freiburg, on the week of his 18th birthday. After recovering from a dislocated shoulder, he marked his ninth Bundesliga appearance, and fifth of the campaign, with a worldie in the Matchday 16 win over Augsburg.
Plays a bit like: Neymar
There are obvious similarities to Sancho in terms of their career paths to date: London to Manchester to Dortmund. The England international tends to operate more on the right wing, however, whereas Bynoe-Gittens is more accustomed to terrorising defenders on the opposite flank.
But in terms of dribbling ability, close control, abundance of tricks and a willingness to take on defenders as part of a drive towards goal, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is arguably the best current example of a right-footer on the left wing. The Dortmund youngster is obviously not at the same level yet, but he’s catching up fast.
Watch: Jamie Bynoe-Gittens helped Dortmund fight back to beat Freiburg
Did you know?
Bynoe-Gittens is also a big cricket fan, having inherited a love for the game from his dad. After Sancho, Bellingham and Sunderland-born Gio Reyna, he is the fourth England-born player on Dortmund's books in recent years.
What they're saying
"He's a game-changer in the truest sense." - Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic
"He's a highly talented offensive player, but he should develop patiently with us in the junior division. We don't want expectations to be too high right from the start." – former Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc
"His talent goes without saying. He's got everything needed to take a big step with us here." – Dortmund teammate Julian Brandt after Bynoe-Gittens made his first start
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