Opinion

Jadon Sancho became the youngest Englishman of all time to score in the Bundesliga.

The 18-year old, who arrived from Manchester City notched up a goal and an assist in a sublime individual performance which will have England and Borussia Dortmund fans rubbing their hands in excitement.

And so they should be.

He is a youngster who has potential and stardust running out of his ears.

BVB have also provided him with the necessary launch pad to propel his career to the next level. Playing with the likes of Christian Pulisic, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze he has players around him who are experienced, exciting and know the club inside and out.

Like great managers such as Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger, Dortmund boss Peter Stoeger has allowed Sancho to blossom and play with freedom.

The way he audaciously controlled Julian Weigl’s long pass with the outside of his foot before teeing up Maximilian Phillip was extraordinary and highlighted his confidence in abundance. It was the kind of performance which would have aroused England manager Gareth Southgate’s interests.

A place on the Three Lion’s plane to Russia is highly unlikely but the former Middlesbrough manager will surely have Sancho’s number on speed dial if he keeps on putting in performances like that.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is certainly a realistic target.

He will be twenty-two years old and will have 100 caps for Borussia Dortmund and, God willing, a respectable amount of Champion’s League appearances.

BVB are one of the best clubs in world football when it comes to developing players, and should he remain on the right track and stay injury free, then Sancho’s quality, and subsequently interest from other teams will rise stratospherically.

With transfer fees skyrocketing Dortmund could demand whatever they want should the big clubs like to sign him.

They may finally be in a position to fend off the circling Vultures.