Jadon San­cho

World Soccer - - Special Feature - Borus­sia DortmunD

Mainly de­ployed as a sec­ond-half sub this sea­son by Dortmund boss Lu­cien Favre, the 18-year-old winger helped cre­ate six goals in his first seven Bun­desliga games this sea­son.

A sil­ver medal­ist and player of the tour­na­ment at the 2017 Un­der-17 Eu­ros, the Lon­doner with Trinida­dian roots is not lack­ing in self-con­fi­dence. The pres­sures and ex­pec­ta­tions which come with the ter­ri­tory at Dortmund have left him to­tally un­moved and he has a pre­cise idea of what the next stage of his ca­reer should en­tail.

“Nat­u­rally, I don’t only want to be an im­pact sub,” he says. ”I want, at some point, to be­gin matches here.”

Good enough to start in the Cham­pi­ons League against Club Brugge and Monaco, he has built up a good understanding with Ger­man in­ter­na­tional Marco Reus. The pair move and com­bine in per­fect har­mony and their chem­istry is there for all to see.

“It’s crazy how well Jadon has done,” says Reus. “When he comes on, op­po­nents know they have a weapon to deal with. We’re de­lighted to have a cham­pion like him in re­serve.”

When the news broke last sum­mer that San­cho was leav­ing Manch­ester City’s youth sys­tem for Ger­many, many were quick to lam­bast the young­ster for dis­loy­alty and im­pa­tience.

The story goes that he and City had shaken hands on a new con­tract, only for the teen to re­nege on the deal and at­tempt to force through a move by skip­ping train­ing for sev­eral weeks. How­ever, he does seem to have made the right choice – as a first Eng­land cap, awarded against Croa­tia, proves.

“I be­lieve I can be a role model for young peo­ple,” he ex­plains. “Age is only a num­ber. In Eng­land, play­ers don’t nor­mally leave the coun­try be­fore the age of 22.

“If you are pre­pared to make sac­ri­fices, any­thing can hap­pen.”

cham­pi­ons league... in ac­tion v Monaco

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