Jadon Sancho’s form this season has been impressive all season, so much so that he’s earned his first international caps for England, once again the Borussia Dortmund winger made a defender look foolish on Monday night.
Whenever a young English footballer starts to show promise fans and the media in this country have a tendency to start building them up, often for the inevitable fall that will follow sometime soon.
That’s because after years of not producing the best players in the world we’re all desperate for something to really get behind, Gareth Southgate really gave it us last summer.
However even before the squad gave us reason to smile at the World Cup in Russia some of the youth teams had already done that and talent like Jadon Sancho is the driving reason for our happiness.
The Borussia Dortmund winger has become one of the most talented players around and his season for the Bundesliga leaders had been ridiculously good, especially for an 18 year old.
His form in the Bundesliga has led to links to a £70 million move to Manchester United and on Monday his trickery was on display against Nurnberg as he made fools out of defenders with a lovely piece of skill:
Sancho’s continued brilliance just makes Jan Vertonghen’s performance against the teenager, in the Champions League last week, even more impressive.
The Spurs centre back was played out of position as a left back in the last 16 first leg game at Wembley last Wednesday.
As well as keeping Sancho quiet the Belgian scored a goal and got an assist as Mauricio Pochettino’s side seemed to put the tie to bed with a 3-0 win.
Sancho was kept quiet at Wembley. Image: PA Images
Last week Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc suggested that English clubs have overtaken German ones when it comes to producing youth players, saying, “You know the English teams are reaching the finals of Under-17 [World Cup], Under-19 [European championships] compared to the German ones. It seems to me that they overtook us.”
You have to assume he was very much thinking about his own player with that summation, and it’s difficult to argue.