BVB’s Dauntless Winger
Once Jadon Sancho realized the unlikelihood of him becoming a part of Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans at Manchester City this season, he knew he had to leave.
And that’s exactly what the highly coveted prospect did, joining Borussia Dortmund on deadline day of last summer’s transfer window for £8 million. “At City, it is very hard to get into that first team,” the then 17-year-old said at the time.
“I wanted to move for opportunities and they [his advisors, close friends, and families] understood because at the time there was Leroy Sane, Patrick Roberts on loan. I just thought Dortmund was the best team for me, knowing that young players impress people here. It shows because players like (Ousmane) Dembele, (Christian) Pulisic, (Alexander) Isak, what they are here doing is positive.”
Sancho certainly deserves to be commended for taking the brave step to move to Germany, in order to achieve his goals and test himself at the highest level. Following a period of integration and adaptation to life at BVB, it’s been immensely encouraging to see his steady progress.
Since making his debut against Eintracht Frankfurt last October, the electrifying dynamo has made 12 league appearances, including seven starts, as he’s been managed cleverly by the Black and Yellows. Gaining vital experience with every minute he’s granted, Sancho bagged his first assist for his new club in January when he smartly supplied Shinji Kagawa vs. Hertha Berlin.
A positive January saw him rewarded by winning the Bundesliga’s young player of the month accolade, but injury then struck for the Englishman, who was forced out for over a month courtesy of an ankle ligament ailment.
Once recovered, Peter Stoger opted to give him a couple of cameos to settle back into the swing of things, before deciding to pick him to start in BVB’s big clash with Bayer Leverkusen. Sancho’s exceptional outing emphatically saw him repay his manager’s faith too, with the 18-year-old registering his first goal for Dortmund, which saw him become the youngest Englishman to score in the Bundesliga and the first English player to score for BVB.
His two sublime assists accompanied his classy finish perfectly, for they blended outrageous skill, technique, and execution wonderfully. An amazed Marco Reus was full of praise for his colleague after the match, saying: “I wasn’t that far (along in my development) at his age. How he controls the ball to set up the 3-0, that shows everything. I wasn’t that far at his age. So much respect!”
“Technically Jadon is a fantastic player. He came in and seized his chance. The way he controlled the ball for the third goal was pretty exceptional.”
Putting in his finest performance in a Dortmund shirt by far, this served as a huge confidence boost to the fleet-footed attacker, who showcased so many of his endearing attributes. An unpredictable dribbler, who possesses an amazing array of tricks and subtle feints, which are used beautifully in combination with his searing pace and blistering changes of pace and direction to unbalance his marker. Sancho’s strength in the aforementioned regards subsequently makes him a fantastic asset for his team in both slower build up passages and in counter-attacking scenarios.
Always trying to be imaginative and incisive with his passes, his creative distribution has aided his side when attempting to unlock defensive setups. Moreover, his clever positioning and nicely timed runs in behind have provided further upsides.
While it’s still early days for him at Signal Iduna Park, Sancho’s clearly enjoyed his first term in Germany, something that he recently gave an insight into when speaking to the Bundesliga’s official website. “It’s been (my first season), how would I say it in one word, it’s been good, yeah.
“Obviously, making my debut was a proud moment, playing a full 90 minutes for the first time, playing in front of the yellow wall. It’s different, something I’ve never experienced before, so it has been good.”
He then went onto express his gratitude to the now former coach Stoger for fully supporting him, and teammates Nuri Sahin and Mario Gotze, two men that have been especially significant in helping him to settle in.
All things considered, the man who idolizes the masterful Neymar should be extremely satisfied that he made the right decision to leave City in search of first-team football. And he deserves to be applauded for getting out of his comfort zone to test himself abroad, as the success of the trailblazer will definitely provide inspiration to many back home that they can do the same too.
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