Jadon Sancho will have his pick of the best teams in world football when he chooses to move on after lighting the Bundesliga up the last couple of seasons.
The Englishman is enjoying an amazing season at Borussia Dortmund and became the youngest player to reach 25 Bundesliga goals this season, starring as the key man in BVB’s push for the title.
Be it scoring goals or laying them off for his teammates everything good that the Black and Yellows managed to do recently has come through Sancho.
His last two seasons are full proof that his decision to leave Man City for Germany back in 2017 in the quest for more playing time was a wise decision. Sancho had to be patient for his chance at BVB though as he spent the first half of his debut season with the second team.
But once he got a taste of first-team football in 2018 against Wolfsburg the young Englishmen never looked back.
The 2018/19 campaign was a breakthrough season for Sancho as he got more and more playing time and managed to make his chances count by scoring in big games like the derby against Schalke. There can be no better way to earn the love of the Dortmund faithful.
During the current campaign, he has become the center of attention as he managed to take his game and numbers to the next level. Sancho has 17 goals and 19 assists in all competitions this season. These are world-class stats and there is no surprise that he is the most sought after young talent in world football at the moment.
While there have been no concrete talks of a transfer in Germany the English media has been linking Sancho with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. Thus comes a critical time in the career of the London born youngster once again.
While his previous decision to prioritize his development and take the risk of playing in a foreign league paid off the choice that he will make regarding his next club will be even more important.
He only needs to look at Ousmane Dembele to see how a premature move to a big club can halt your career. The French youngster moved to Barcelona at the back of an astounding 2016/17 campaign at Borussia Dortmund only to see his time at the Camp Nou halted by injury and inconsistent performances.
Although it has to be said that the situations are not at all the same.
Sancho has a big decision to make on who his next club should be. Marco Reus advised him to stay a further year or two at Dortmund and develop his game further before moving on to bigger things. This seems like a mature way of looking at things as Sancho is further from the finished article. He still needs to work on his defensive attributes and stamina.
Perhaps a move to Manchester United will offer him a good chance of making a significant impact and the opportunity to link up with England teammate Marcus Rashford looks like an exciting prospect.
Less so is the fact that The Red Devils currently are not title contenders nor a Champions League club.
On the other hand, Chelsea seem to have plenty of wingers at their disposal with the recent addition of Hakim Ziyech, although Sancho still offers something extra. The likes of Man City, Liverpool, and Real Madrid have all been mentioned as possible destinations for the Englishmen but the question of being constant starter pops up.
Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Micheal Zorc was speaking to Sport 1 as he provided an update on the current Sancho situation, saying: “There is no new stance. At the moment, all clubs are running on sight – even in England!
“I cannot and do not want to lean too far out of the window with forecasts because the situation is changing daily. We will see what happens.
“We have a long-term contract with Jadon Sancho. This will not change now. We are totally relaxed about it.
“The most important issues that are currently occupying us are rather: what is the way forward? When do we play again? It would be of paramount importance for all of us to be able to finish the season.”
In general, it will be interesting to see where Sancho ends up next season. But wherever that might be we can all agree that more is yet to come from the young talent and with his desire to improve he will only get better as long as he keeps making the right decisions off the pitch just like on the playing field.