GOING UP / DOWN
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has been enhancing his reputation in the Bundesliga since the start of the season. The 18-year-old former Manchester City winger was involved in 10 Bundesliga goals for Dortmund, scoring three and assisting seven, even before the New Year.
The Englishman further enhanced his credentials on the international stage with a dazzling performance in a recent Wembley friendly against the USA. Sancho had made his debut against Croatia in a UEFA Nations League fixture, becoming the youngest player since Duncan Edwards in 1955 to make his senior bow for the Three Lions.
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac continues to divide opinion. While Champions League performances have been strong, Bayern’s Bundesliga dominance seems on the wane. Kovac has been widely credited as the driving influence behind the return to form of Renato Sanches, but reportedly has four first team players calling for his head. November’s 3-2 loss to Dortmund certainly didn’t help and having been touted as one of the brightest young trainers in Germany by virtue of his success at Eintracht Frankfurt, it’s fair to say his tenure at the Allianz Arena isn’t going to plan. He wouldn’t be the first Coach to struggle under the intense lights of FC Hollywood, either.