Jadon Sancho: Dortmund star's incredible two seasons so far

Jadon Sancho is arguably the most sought after teenager over the last decade. He’s terrorising Bundesliga and European defences week in week out at just 19 years of age. What’s frightening is the Englishman is already among Europe’s elite wingers, let alone showing glimpses of brilliance to build on in the future. The pace, dribbling and most impressive of all, consistent WORLD CLASS end product. Sancho is already worth his weight in gold and the transfer fees being talked about are a testament to that.

“This kid is the truth. He’s got everything. He’s got skill, pace, tenacity, desire, commitment, he gets goals.”

Rio Ferdinand on Sancho in 2018 (BT Sport)

New season, an even better Sancho

The list of club’s linked with the golden boy is endless. Bayern, both Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, you name it. Everyone wants this frightening former Watford academy product before he starts challenging for the Balon d’Or. The Blues in particular have been strongly linked this week to a £120 million move. However, it is looking unlikely that Borussia Dortmund will allow their star to leave in January. Either way, they’re making an absolute fortune on the £8 million they paid for him in 2017. Pep Guardiola will be fuming.

It only took one game in the German Supercup for Jadon Sancho to prove he wasn’t a one season wonder. Not that many people doubted him anyway. Fast forward to now on Christmas Eve, the prodigy is 1 goal away from matching his tally in all competitions from the whole of last season. I’ve not even mentioned the assists yet…

We don’t have to write an article justifying the interest and hype surrounding Sancho. We’ve done it in the past HERE, if you’re interested. He’s truly outstanding. But we’ll do it anyway, in case you have the slightest doubts over his quality:

Jadon Sancho – Style of Play

As I mentioned earlier, the Manchester City youth product is lightning quick with excellent dribbling. His footwork makes him an absolute nightmare to deal with one on one when he’s running at you with pace. Or when he’s chopping and changing direction, to line himself up for a shot. On top of that, the 19 year old is more than comfortable shooting with his left foot too. Where do you go from there as a defender?

Where wingers struggle when they are young, Sancho thrives. His confidence but also calmness with the ball at his feet makes him almost like a poacher when he’s in the box. The confidence and belief to walk away from Manchester City at 17 years old, demanding playing time at a top club is reflected in his play. He’s ruthless in the box. Multiple times in the video above, he finishes well, into the far corners almost with ease.

Sancho has averaged 1.9 shots per game in 2019/20 so far, a testament to his confidence but also his intelligent movement to get into goal scoring positions. A skill that is so underrated in today’s game. Look at Raheem Sterling. Many of his goals are ‘tap-ins’. However, the movement he makes to get into those positions, to make the goal hard to miss is among the best in world football. Sancho’s movement is also excellent, hence why he’s up there with the best in terms of output.

Jadon Sancho in action for Borussia Dortmund

The winger, alongside being a goal scorer, is perhaps an even better creator. Averaging almost 2 key passes a game in the Bundesliga this season, Sancho seems to know exactly what pass to place, when and the weight to put on it. Several times in the video, he cuts it back to a teammate in open space or drills a cross into the box from wide. Coupled with his ability to thread inch perfect balls through compact defences, the range of Sancho’s passing is outstanding. It’s therefore no surprise he already has 9 assists this season. Truly one of the best in the world, at just 19.

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