Next up in MATCH’s special-edition Young British Baller series is the DORTMUND dynamite! We take a look at the star’s story so far…
MADE AT MAN. CITY!
Jadon Malik Sancho grew up in Kennington, London, and joined Watford at seven, but left to join Man. City when he was 15! In 2017, The Citizens offered him his first pro contract, but the youngster wasn’t convinced he’d get enough first-team opportunities at the Etihad. That’s why he decided to reject Man. City’s offer and move to Dortmund in a deal worth around £10 million!
It didn’t take him long to settle into a new life in another country! He became the first Englishman to play in the Bundesliga for Dortmund when he made his debut in October 2017 and was named in the 2018-19 Bundesliga Team Of The Season after racking up 12 goals and 14 assists. By February 2020, he became the youngest player to hit 50 assists in the history of the Bundesliga!
Given his performances in Germany, it was no surprise to see Sancho linked with a huge transfer to Man. United last year – although it never came off due to The Red Devils refusing to meet Dortmund’s £108 million asking price. It remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still keen on bringing the winger back to England, but nobody wants a repeat of last summer’s saga!
THREE LIONS’ FINEST!
Even though both of his parents are from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, there was never any doubt that the London-born star wanted to represent England! He was named Player Of The Tournament as England reached the final of the Under-17 European Championship, and will be hoping to replicate that success this summer with the senior side!
The ENGLAND winger is one of the most in-demand youngsters in the world right now! We’ve taken a closer look at some of the 20-year-old’s demon digits!
DID YOU KNOW?
He’s the first player to score for England at Wembley while playing for a non-English side since September 1999!
65+ – He’s already completed 65+ successful dribbles so far this season in the Bundesliga!
4 – He’s just the fourth different Englishman to score a Champo League goal against Barcelona at the Nou Camp!
10 – He was directly involved in 10 of England’s 15 goals at the European Under-17 Championships in 2017!
2 – He’s twice been named Bundesliga Player Of The Month and won Goal Of The Month once!
1 – He scored his first professional hat-trick in a 6-1 win against SC Paderborn in May 2020!
20 – He was one of 40 players to make the final shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award!
2005 – He’s the first Englishman to score a direct free-kick in the Champo League whilst playing for a non-English side since 2005!
15 – He’s already been directly involved in 15 goals since the turn of the year!
10 EPIC SANCHO FACTS!
Here are ten facts to know about the 20-year-old megastar!
- The south Londoner grew up playing street footy in London and supported Chelsea as a kid!
- He was given the nickname ‘The Rocket’ from a young age!
- Off the pitch, Jadon describes himself as “fun” and “vibey”!
- Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson is one of his best mates because they knew each other from childhood!
- He’s got tattoos of The Simpsons, Sonic the Hedgehog and Spiderman on his right arm!
- He used to watch videos of his footballing idol Ronaldinho pulling off tons of epic skill moves!
- He was handed the No.7 shirt at Borussia Dortmund ahead of experienced Ukraine star Andriy Yarmolenko in 2017!
- He received a special What IF FUT card last month, but recently revealed he doesn’t play FIFA!
- He’s involved in a special WhatsApp group called ‘Brits Abroad’!
- He was given his first-ever signature Nike collection in August 2020!