Jadon Sancho

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A complete forward with blistering pace and the ability to either create or score goals, Jadon Sancho looked set for a big-money move this summer, perhaps inflated by a good performance at the Euros. Although transfermarkt.us [1] lists his current market value at 143 million dollars (3/27/20), the outbreak of the coronavirus and the resulting economic uncertainty casts doubt on whether the enormous transfer fees of recent years can be sustained. 

Despite the uncertainty about the future of his club career, Sancho looks to be a superstar in the making for the English national team, and the Euros present an opportunity for him to stake a claim as one of the top players in world soccer on a world stage. Born in London to parents from Trinidad and Tobago, he began his soccer career at the Watford youth academy, later joining Manchester City at age 15 [2]. In August 2017, he signed for Borussia Dortmund [3] after reportedly being unsatisfied about the lack of playing time at City [4]. During his time at Dortmund, Sancho has established himself as one of the most productive players in the Bundesliga, registering 14 goals and 16 assists in 23 games [1] before the Coronavirus-induced break, attracting attention from many of Europe’s top sides. 

Sancho fits the mold of the prototypical inverted wide player, with pace to spare along with advanced dribbling abilities, especially given his age [5]. He brings a creative style of play developed “on the streets” that has won him comparisons to Neymar by his former England youth team coach [6]. Although it remains to be seen whether he will successfully be able to maximize his on-ball skills with the England national team, Gareth Southgate has shown a willingness to develop younger players and has steered his team away from the long ball style of play that England has been traditionally known for [6]. Given Sancho’s potential, no one would be surprised if his performance at the Euros ushers him into a level of superstardom and international recognition as one of the world’s best.