Jadon Sancho left Manchester City late in the summer transfer window under a cloud of controversy. The teenager had literally gone on strike to try and force a move away, with a return to London thought to be his preferred option.
When Tottenham cooled their interest and Arsenal didn’t follow up on their own, Sancho was left with few immediate choices. One was to make peace with City and sign the incredible £30,000-a-week deal on offer, which would have made him perhaps the best paid 17-year-old ever. The other was the most daunting option of a move abroad, with RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund having both shown him around their training facilities.
In the end, Sancho chose Dortmund and while his actions prior to leaving have angered City fans, it can’t be said the England youth international has made a money-motivated move. At BVB he will not be making £30,000-a-week, but will be given a pathway to first-team football that he was worried he wouldn’t get at City.
New comments in the last day from Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc seem to have affirmed Sancho’s bold move to head to Germany.
“Sancho is a very big talent. One of the biggest talents of his generation in England,” Zorc told the club’s TV channel.
“We are not talking about a developing talent. We will give players like him immediate game-time at a high level.”
Sancho hasn’t featured for BVB’s first team yet, but it seems to be just a matter of time based on Zorc’s remarks.
“He’ll need some time to settle in. He’s only 17, after all. But I am convinced we’ll have a lot of fun with him in the next few years.”
It was a bitter blow to Man City to lose Sancho, one of English football’s best prospects in his age group. There have long been arguments for and against promoting youngsters early to regular first team football. Should City be a place of development given their ambitions to win trophies, potentially putting results at risk, or find effective ways to develop youngsters elsewhere – Girona for example – then try to integrate them when they are more ready-made?