Jadon Sancho Profile

Name Jadon Sancho
Born Mar 25, 2000
Age 20 years
Birthplace Camberwell, England
Height 5ft 9ins

After moving abroad to play at a very young age, tricky winger Jadon Sancho is now one of the most sought after players in Europe.

Jadon Sancho is an English soccer player who plays as a winger for Borussia Dortmund and the England national team. Previously, he played in the youth soccer setups at Watford and Manchester City.

Sancho is known as a tricky customer who possesses great pace and skill and is difficult to stop in one-on-one situations.

Early years and Manchester City

Sancho was picked up by Manchester City at the age of 14 in March 2015. He had spent eight years on the books of Watford prior to his move up north. The initial fee was reportedly £66,000, potentially rising to £500,000 with add-ons.

Sancho impressed in the Manchester City academy and looked set to be fast-tracked into the first team in 2017. However, ahead of the 2017/18 season, a dispute erupted between Sancho and City over assurances regarding playing time in a new contract. According to widespread reports, Sancho stopped training with Manchester City in a bid to force a move away from the club and he was omitted from their pre-season tour.

Despite reported interest from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Sancho opted to move abroad, signing for Borussia Dortmund on August 31, 2017 for a reported fee of around £8million.

"I was obviously playing in England, and I would've never thought in a million years that my path would take me to Germany," Sancho said to Pro Direct Soccer. "So when they came in, I was like, 'this is mad interesting. Am I ready for this mad step to go to Germany or am I not ready yet?'"

Jadon Sancho Manchester City Apr16

Jadon Sancho and Borussia Dortmund

Sancho immediately joined up with the first team squad at Borussia Dortmund and made his Bundesliga debut against Eintracht Frankfurt on October 21, 2017, coming off the bench to become the first Englishman to play for Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Sancho made his first Bundesliga start against VfL Wolfsburg on January 14, 2018 and hit the post in a 0-0 tie. On April 21, he picked up a goal and two assists in a 4-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.

The 2017/18 season was a tough one for Dortmund as they finished fourth in the Bundesliga with 55 points, a whopping 29 behind champions Bayern Munich. Sancho made 12 appearances, scoring once and claiming four assists. Peter Bosz was sacked as manager midway through the season and his successor, Peter Stoger, departed in May 2018.

Lucien Favre became the new Dortmund coach and Sancho flourished under his guidance. In 2018/19, Sancho played 43 matches in all competitions, scoring 13 goals.

The 2019/20 season was even more prolific for Sancho as he played in 44 matches, scoring 20 goals. He was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. However, nothing materialised.

Despite persistent reports about Sancho being unhappy at Dortmund, he remains on their books.

Lucien Favre was sacked as Borussia Dortmund coach in December 2020 following a 5-1 defeat to VfB Stuttgart. Edin Terzic was appointed caretaker manager and has been tasked with turning around Dortmund's fortunes and bringing the best out of Sancho.

Jadon Sancho and England

Sancho has played for England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. In 2017, England made the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Croatia, losing to Spain on penalties after a 2-2 tie. Sancho was named Player of the Tournament.

At the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India later in 2017, Sancho and England won the tournament, beating Spain 5-2 in the final.

Sancho received his first senior England call-up on October 4, 2018 as Gareth Southgate prepared his charges for the UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain. He made his debut against the former in a 0-0 tie eight days later.

He scored his first two goals for England in a 5-3 win over Kosovo in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier on September 10, 2019, drawing praise from England team-mate Raheem Sterling.

"He was in my room at 10.30pm last night begging for me to square one to him," Sterling said.

"So, I was really happy to see him score his first one. He's a good kid.

"Even when I was at that age, I wasn't doing some of the things he's doing. He's really professional."

Sancho added to his tally with a goal against the Republic of Ireland in a 3-0 friendly win in November 2020.

Jadon Sancho England action Nov20

Playing style

According to WhoScored, Sancho's strengths include passing, dribbling, through balls, key passes, finishing and holding onto the ball. His weaknesses are aerial duels and defensive contribution.

What no stats website can quite capture, however, is how difficult it is to stop Sancho in one-on-one situations. He is widely regarded as one of the best dribblers in world soccer despite his young age.

Jadon Sancho, social media and endorsements

Sancho has more than five million followers on Instagram, 311,000 likes on his official Facebook page and half a million followers on Twitter. Sancho is signed to talent management company Elite Project Group.

Personal life

Sancho revealed to Pro Direct Soccer that a wake-up call while he was on the books of Watford helped him change his behavior, which had initially been a problem in boarding school.

"When I left home in year 7, I think that was the toughest year for me. I had never left my mom or my sisters or anyone," said Sancho. "All I knew was south-east London so I didn't know how to adapt. That first year I was getting detention like nearly every week. My head was gone because I was just missing everyone.

"Then I had a wake-up call because in year 8, Watford came to me and said, 'if you don't fix your attitude, we have no choice but to release you.' From there I just changed."

Sancho was born in Camberwell, Greater London to parents from Trinidad and Tobago. He was a childhood friend of Reiss Nelson, who plays for Arsenal and enjoyed a loan stint in the Bundesliga with 1899 Hoffenheim.

Sancho reportedly grew up supporting Chelsea.

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