Jadon Sancho is, without doubt, one of the most exciting English talents of his generation. The young wide player is excellent with the ball at his feet, and regularly beats opponents for fun. He’s quickly become a regular provider of goals in the Bundesliga, including a pair of set-ups in the 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.
His bold move to go to the Bundesliga came with the intent of getting into the senior squad, playing regularly and getting minutes in Europe. Aged 18 years and 177 days, he became the youngest English player to make his Champions League debut for a foreign club.
After changing the game at the weekend, the hope was that he could make a similar impact when he started against Club Brugges. Sub Christian Pulisic scored the winner to make it 1-0, after a slightly fortuitous goal seen the Black and Yellows pick up all three points.
Sancho, for his part, looked a little anxious at times, and gave the ball away in some odd situations. He also played it a touch safer than some might expect, but he still done enough to impress before he came off.
For the young Englishman, this is only the start of what is sure to be a stellar career. He now joins big names such as Steve McManeman, Brian Deane and Michael Thomas to have played abroad in the Champions League. This makes him the seventh in total, with arguably the most well-known being Owen Hargraves.
The midfielder played for Bayern Munich for many years and was one of the most impressive midfielders in his position at the time. For Sancho, the hope will be that he can live up to the same kind of hype and make good on an early European debut.