Jadon Sancho’s decision to leave Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 has paid dividends for the English starlet.
The 18-year-old has become a household name in Europe thanks to his eye-catching performances in the Bundesliga, scoring eight goals and registering 10 assists in 28 matches this season, while he’s also made three appearances for England.
Would Sancho have played as many senior games had he stayed with City? Would his reputation be as high as it currently is without that move to the Westfalenstadion? Would he have even made his international debut? In truth, it’s unlikely.
Compare Sancho’s meteoric rise to superstardom to Phil Foden’s current situation, an immensely gifted 18-year-old midfielder who is yet to make his senior England debut because he doesn’t play enough for Man City.
Foden wears the number 47 shirt for City and makes the odd cameo in league matches here and there. Sancho wears the number seven shirt for Dortmund and is one of the first names on the teamsheet every week.
Sancho admitted in his post-match interview with BT Sport after Dortmund’s 3-0 defeat against Tottenham earlier this week that he loved the feeling of playing football back in England, in front of his friends at family at Wembley.
And Manchester United will give him the opportunity to return to the Premier League permanently this summer, according to an exclusive report from The Sun’s Neil Custis, who understands the Red Devils have made a ‘shock approach’ for the teenager.
The report adds United have been quoted £70 million to sign the winger, who spent almost two-and-a-half years in Man City’s youth academy prior to his £8 million move to Dortmund.
Due to a clause in his contract, 15 per cent of any transfer fee would go directly to City.
But you suspect that wouldn’t bother United if they secure the services of a player Rio Ferdinand believes will become the best English footballer in the near future.
"No goals but I’ve seen Jadon Sancho – I’m just happy to be watching. I’ve been up screaming and dancing,” Ferdinand said after the youngster’s impressive first-half display against Spurs.
"An 18-year-old scaring the life out of seasoned Premier League players. I love it. I think he’ll be the best English player in the coming years.
"Every time he gets the ball he has the respect of defenders before it’s been kicked. The defender knows he’s going past him it’s just a matter of how.
"It’s unbelievable to see. He doesn’t stand still, he moves again."
Check out his impressive highlights from that match here…
Ferdinand, a passionate Man Utd fan, could very well be screaming and dancing for Sancho at Old Trafford next season - along with the rest of the club’s supporters.News Now - Sport News