Scout Report: Jadon Sancho | Dortmund’s Teenage Wonderkid

Jadon Sancho arrived at Dortmund in the summer for around £8 million. He was brought in from Manchester City to replace Ousmane Dembele who departed for FC Barcelona. Sancho impressed during his time with the Manchester City Academy and the England u17’s. He made his name in International football when he reached the final of the UEFA u17 European Championship with England. As a result of his excellent performances, he was named Player of the Tournament scoring 5 goals and assisting 5 goals.

Player Profile:

Full Name: Jadon Malik Sancho

Age: 17 (25th March 2000)

Position: Winger

Nationality: English

Club: Borussia Dortmund.

Who is Jadon Sancho?

Jadon Sancho is an English winger who burst onto the scene through the youth ranks of Manchester City. Manchester City signed him as a 14 year old from Watford’s academy after being spotted by Man City scouts. They paid £66,000 for him but that fee could have escalated to £500,000.

Manchester City’s facilities and top class coaching caught the eye of Sancho. In an interview he said that all the people in the neighbourhood were doing bad stuff, committing crimes when he used to go out and play football. That was one of the reasons he signed for Manchester City, to get away from his previous neighbourhood.

Sancho is mainly known for his successful time at Manchester City’s youth academy. He began to make an impact with the u18’s, scoring 15 goals in 22 games for the Citizens academy. After a successful first few months at the City academy, he was promoted to the u21’s for a few games later on in the campaign. He also made a couple of appearances for the Man City UEFA u19’s.

In total for Man City’s academy, he made 35 appearances and he had 20 goals to his name.

In August 2017, Sancho signed for German team Borussia Dortmund for a total of £8 million. Sancho inherited the number 7 shirt which was left vacated by Ousmane Dembele, who parted ways and signed for FC Barcelona for a record breaking €105 million plus €40 million in add ons.

He made his debut for die Schwarzgelben against Eintracht Frankfurt coming on in the dying embers of the game with 6 minutes left. He has only played 2 games for the Dortmund 1st team but has made 3 appearances for the reserves in the “Regionalliga West” league. Unfortunately he has bagged no goals in a BVB shirt but there will be way more to come.

Style

Sancho is a winger, he prefers playing out on the left. He is the type of player who isn’t afraid to run at defenders and also has bags of pace. He is right footed and favours to cut inside and either shoot or to play a pass to a teammate. Sancho is fond of crossing the ball in from a ball over the top. He normally takes it down, dribbles with it and looks for the striker in the box with a cross.

Strengths

Sancho has strengths in skill and pace. He is brilliant at 1v1’s and even said it himself in an interview. Skill is a key part of his game because if he wasn’t good at it, he probably wouldn’t be where he is now ~ playing at a huge football team like Borussia Dortmund. He is also great at exploiting open space in counter attacks. Sancho is 1.8m (5.9 foot) high so it makes it easier for him to weave in and around opposition players.

Weaknesses

One of his main weaknesses is his left foot. Sancho mainly plays out on the left wing but he is right footed. If he knew how to use his left foot, then it wouldn’t be a problem sending crosses straight into the box instead of having to cut in all the time. His attitude isn’t that good as well. During his time at Manchester City, he was reportedly refusing to go to training sessions after some contract dispute.

Where does the future lie for Jadon Sancho?

With Borussia Dortmund’s excellent reputation at producing youth players, Sancho is currently at the right place to make the most out of his career. Personally I would compare him to a young Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial or even Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. He is perhaps one of the best youngsters at Dortmund and the future looks bright for him.

 

 

 

 

 

Cian Darcy

Cian is Irish and enjoys watching Premier League and Bundesliga. His favourite teams are Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. A few of his favourite players are Mario Götze, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho. You can follow him on twitter @Ciano_Darcy

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