Borussia Dortmund have once again cemented their reputation as the go-to destination for the world’s best young footballers by signing Jamie Bynoe-Gittens from the Manchester City youth academy.
bundesliga.com trains the microscope on the England youth international, who follows the same path taken by Jadon Sancho in 2017 and who will join 17-year-old compatriot Jude Bellingham at the Signal Iduna Park.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: Left wing
Country: England (3 U16 caps, 1 goal)
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 attacked impressed to such an extent he was regularly fielded in older age categories, and 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, scoring the opening goal in a 3-3 draw against the Republic of Ireland in what was the first of two starts and three caps for the Three Lions.
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.
Plays a bit like: Neymar
Although 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 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.
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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 English-born player on Dortmund’s books this season. He has initially been earmarked for the U19s and, if all goes to plan, will link up with the senior pros the following year.
What they're saying
"I'm going to try and make a name for myself. When Sancho was at City, he was doing bits in the 18s, scoring every game, so in a way, I want to be like him. You’ve got to take stuff from other people to make the best version of yourself. You’ve now got to score and assist to be the best." – Jamie Bynoe-Gittens
"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." - Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc