Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho has been tipped to become England's Neymar, but can the U19 international eventually eclipse the samba star?

Sancho joined Dortmund from Manchester City a year ago and became the youngest Englishman ever to score in the Bundesliga when he netted in the 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in April. He made a total of 12 appearances in his maiden season, providing four assists, and has been used as a substitute in the first three games of the current campaign.

All that points towards a hugely promising career, and one of the first people to discover his talents has told The Guardian that he believes the sky is the limit for the 18-year-old.

WATCH: Sancho's silky skills

"Provided he doesn't become restricted, he could be our Neymar-type player – in terms of being unpredictable, playing on that left-hand side," said Dan Micciche, who coached Sancho at U15 and U16 level for England. "He's flamboyant, entertaining to watch. But like Neymar he's effective with it. In most games he'll create something – it's not a beauty contest. He's not on the pitch flicking it over someone’s head for the sake of it."

While Neymar may have honed his skills playing in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Sancho's first encounters with a football were in similar surroundings. "Jadon did a lot of his learning on the street through informal play," continued Micchiche, who believes that helped render him the player he has become today. "What he brings to the table are ball skills – being able to play out of tight areas in a way where he can beat a player rather than having to pass it and he can do that a variety of ways. He can run with the ball at speed and go both sides."

Sancho's pace and dribbling skills make him a particular handful for defenders. © imago / Kalvenbach

"Even though he's right-footed, when he's dribbling at people on that left side he can actually go inside or outside and that makes him very difficult to defend against."

After his initial backstreet education, Sancho was given the chance to develop his skills at Watford, before making the move north to Manchester City when he was only 15, taking a plunge that Micciche sees as further evidence the winger has what it takes to make it to the very top.

"First of all his mentality is strong – he's gone from Watford to Man City, so moving up north – and then had the mentality to move to another country," added the former MK Dons boss. "He's travelled the world with club and country – that takes a lot of discipline, sacrifice. And he's delivered on every stage he's been put on, including now in Germany. We haven't had that Neymar type, and I think it's because we haven't supported those kinds, coaching-wise."

WATCH: Sancho and Lookman - English youngsters benefitting from the Bundesliga

Sancho is now getting all the support he needs in Germany, where youth is given the opportunity not only to develop, but to thrive. Indeed, Sancho is not alone in picking the Bundesliga as a career path, with, among others, Mandela Egbo benefitting from game time at Borussia Mönchengladbach and both Ademola Lookman and Reece Oxford adding strings to their bows at Leipzig and Gladbach respectively clubs last term.

With some more nurturing – and Sancho is reportedly already under consideration for senior England duty – those Neymar comparisons may become more common quite quickly.

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