Jadon Sancho is the name on everyone’s lips at present and his future looks increasingly bright. On the verge of a possible call up to the England senior squad and with a host of top premier league clubs looking to secure his services,he certainly appears to be the next big thing.
Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea are all on alert and scouts have been sent to observe the teenage phenomenon, who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund.
To date, the youngster has nine assists from 10 appearances but it’s the overall package of talent that is grabbing the attention of the big clubs.
Fancy footwork, pace and the ability to thrust forward, are some of his most notable assets and if there is a strong chance of a bidding war may come the January transfer window.
The former City player left to seek an opportunity overseas, because he knew that he was unlikely to break in to an immensely talented side anytime soon.
It would be incredible to think that City did not have a buy back clause in place or that they would not be interested in his return.
However, having made the break and with the current City side as strong as ever, he may continue to look at another destination to assist his development.
Sancho started his career with Watford at the age of 7 and in 2015, Manchester City bought him for the charitable sum of £66,000. In hindsight Watford would have been wise to hang on to the emerging talent or at least wait until his valuation rocketed.
Oh for a crystal ball !
Dan Micciche, the former under 18 England coach
“He’s flamboyant, entertaining to watch. But like Neymar he’s effective with it. In most games he’ll create something – it’s not a beauty contest. He’s not on the pitch flicking it over someone’s head for the sake of it.”
“What he brings to the table are ball skills – being able to play out of tight areas in a way where he can beat a player rather than having to pass it and he can do that a variety of ways. He can run with the ball at speed and go both sides.”
Louis Lancaster, under 15’s coach at Watford said
“If you were going to watch Barcelona, they have players who can pass the ball around but really you want Lionel Messi on the ball and running around players like he did against Tottenham. Jadon has similar qualities. An entertainer. Exciting. That’s his character off the pitch as well.”
“I remember sitting down with him once when I was interviewing all the players and I said to him ‘whats the dream?’ and he said ‘I want to play in Europe for one of the top clubs and play for England to make my family proud.”
Arsenal are bound to be interested but a host of names have already been linked with the club including Éver Banega.
The latest name is something of a surprise. Miguel Almiron, who currently plays in the MLS for Atlanta is said to be heading to the Emirates in deal expected to be somewhere between £8.5 and £11 Million.
HeIt’s reported that the 25 year old is a ready made replacement for the outgoing Aaron Ramsey but they are vastly contrasting players.
The Paraguayan is an attacking midfielder but enjoys close ball control, dinking past defenders and sprinting forward toward the box.
Ramsey is more of a box to box player, who involves himself in the build up and runs into space at the last minute.
If the rumours are true then Almiron fits the Arsenal remit quite nicely, with great balance, poise and presence of mind, coupled with great acceleration.
Having box binged on endless hours of footage, you can clearly see the attraction for the head coach and he will add a new dynamic to Arsenal’s ongoing development under the Spaniard.