The 20-year-old is valued highly by football experts across the globe.
English wunderkind Jadon Sancho is one of the hottest prospects in world football at the moment, with a host of elite clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG lining up for his signature, as per reports from all across Europe. The former Manchester City youth product joined Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since, having recorded 34 goals and 43 assists from just 95 appearances for the black and yellow till date.
While Barca and Real Madrid are interested to have him on their books as mentioned above, it is a Premier League move that is most likely to happen to Sancho in the upcoming months. United, Liverpool and Chelsea have actively followed his career for at least two seasons now and rumours have had it that Manchester City is also interested to bring him back to his home country.
While it is all but a certainty that the 20-year-old will move to England sooner or later, we feel that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Nigel de Jong, Edin Dzeko, Andre Schurrle, Shinji Kagawa, Marko Marin, Lukas Podolski and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are a few instances of players who failed to replicate their success in Germany following a move to England.
There are also exceptions like Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who have had enormous success since their switch to the Premier League – but in Sancho’s case, we feel he is better off with Dortmund, at least for the time being. Here are five reasons why:
5. Borussia Dortmund have better youth development
Over the past few years, Borussia Dortmund have been in the news for several good reasons, one of which is their ability to identify talented youngsters and develop them into potentially world-class players. Take a look at their current squad for instance.
We start with Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland up front, and then we have the likes of Chris Fuhrich, Giovanni Reyna, Mahmoud Dahoud, Tobias Raschl, Mateu Morey, Achraf Hakimi, Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou among others. Ousmane Dembele, Ilkay Gundogan, Ivan Perisic, Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski are some stars who initially achieved success with BVB before moving on to other teams.
For Sancho too, Dortmund offer an extensive scope for further development. If he is world-class already at just 20 years of age, there’s no telling as to what he would be capable of, a few years down the lane.
4. Chances of winning a Bundesliga title with BVB
In the last two or three seasons, Borussia Dortmund have come tantalizingly close to winning the Bundesliga title, only to fall short to arch-rivals Bayern Munich on each occasion. If Sancho continues to remain with them, BVB can take more shots at the elusive trophy.
This is advantageous for Sancho himself, as there are fewer contenders for the league title in Germany than in England. Mathematically speaking, this could, in turn, mean that the pacy winger has better odds of winning a league title with the black and yellow now, than with any Premier League club.
3. Opportunity to turn BVB into world-beaters
This is more of a continuation of the above point than a new point altogether. Winning a Bundesliga title would line up greater objectives for Borussia Dortmund, as it will give them enough hope and confidence to turn into potential-world beaters.
Lucien Favre’s team is definitely not short of talent and experience. If Sancho, Haaland, Reyna, Dahoud, Hakimi and Akanji combine with the likes of Roman Burki, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Lukasz Piszczek, Emre Can, Axel Witsel, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Marco Reus to keep the team running at full speed for another season or two, they could surely turn out to be one of the best clubs in the world.
Winning the Champions League should also be within their horizon then, and that would truly elevate the club to a much higher level.
2. He is still relatively young
As mentioned earlier, Jadon Sancho is only 20 years old. There is so much time left for him, in case he feels the need to prove himself in other parts of Europe.
The age factor is also important when it comes to the number of first-team chances that a player can get at any club. Having already proved himself at Borussia Dortmund, Sancho doesn’t have to worry about his chances as long as he remains with them. The situation becomes entirely different elsewhere. Let us take Liverpool and Manchester United for instance.
Both teams have a guaranteed set of starters already, and it will take some time before Sancho fits into their system. Even if these teams shell out a figure north of £100million to sign him, it still doesn’t guarantee him a place in their starting XI until he proves he is capable of handling the responsibility. And there’s no way of being sure that he can do it, just yet.
1. Lesser pressure at Germany
One of the most important advantages of playing away from England – especially for an English player – is the lesser amount of pressure on him. English media generally have a tendency to closely follow their stars and in most occasions, they either end up overhyping them or lambasting them to a point that it leads to their breakdown.
Sancho is already very highly valued by England and their media although he plays in the Bundesliga – hence it is only obvious that the attention on him would grow manifold once he returns to his home country. He will be watched anywhere and everywhere, with media keeping tabs on his life both on and off the pitch with such attention that will put detectives to shame.
Attention has the power to make or break careers, and it would only do good for him to stay away from it at least until he gains a bit more experience on how to handle it. After all, he is still very young.