The Bundesliga is home to the brightest young talents in world football. After making a stunning start to life in the Bundesliga, an Englishman has become one of the most important players in one of the biggest squads in the league – bundesliga.com shines the light on Borussia Dortmund’s English wonderkid, Jadon Sancho…
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Country: England (five U19 caps)
Dortmund’s second-youngest foreign-born debutant, Sancho made his first appearance in the Bundesliga in a 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt, aged 17 years, six months and 26 days old. Since that October weekend, the former Manchester City forward made 18 total appearances in the Bundesliga and has recorded more assists than any other player in Europe's top five leagues to start the 2018/19 season, without starting. He provided four assists and scored one magical goal last season, and has added six assists in 124 Bundesliga minutes so far this campaign. The Londoner bagged his first strike, and added two assists in a dream game against Bayer Leverkusen in April this year. Sancho has 12 assists and two goals in total for Dortmund.
Plays a bit like: Neymar
Growing up with Ronaldinho as your idol can mean only one thing: you’re skillful. Sancho’s trickery has meant that every time he touches the ball, fans slowly nudge to the edge of their seats. His electrifying pace, dribbling skill and shear lack of fear when taking on his marker shows talent far beyond his tender years. His surprisingly sharp passing skills prove he has a clear eye for an assist, and Sancho himself wants to add more goal-mouth action to his game. A self-confessed entertainer, the 5"9' tall winger is like Neymar in that he brings excitement to the game with his unique talent.
Did you know?
Sancho was named Player of the Tournament at the U17 UEFA EURO 2017 after scoring five goals and laying on five assists – an award also won by the likes of Mario Götze, Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney. He has now been called up to the England first-team for the first time, becoming the first player born after 2000 to represent England.
Watch: Sancho's incredible Mario Götze-esque touch!
What they’re saying
“I haven’t hit my peak yet. When I’ve hit my peak, then that’s when I’ve arrived, but I definitely feel comfortable right now.” - Sancho
"When our opponents ease off a little and Jadon comes into the game, then he's a weapon for us every single time. We're happy to have him up our sleeve and he always gives us a boost." -Marco Reus
“He was on our radar and we were very interested in him at Cologne. Jadon is a very, very talented lad, a real livewire. He has a real quality.” - Former Dortmund coach Peter Stöger