Former Liverpool and Manchester City player Craig Bellamy raved about 17-year-old Jadon Sancho, going on to state that he could be ‘the next big player’ in world football.
“For those who do not know Jadon Sancho, you need to know, he is that good,” Bellamy told Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“I was fully aware of him when he was at Watford. And then when he went to Man City, I was speaking to the head of development there and they could not stop raving about him.
Sancho moved from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the transfer window for an undisclosed fee on a five-year-deal, taking up the vacated #7 shirt left behind by Ousmane Dembele.
BVB have reportedly beat several high-profile clubs to sign the left-winger, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Sancho’s has delivered on the international stage as well, scoring 13 times in 16 appearances for England’s U17 side.
After moving from Watford, the 17-year-old proved to be a key player for City’s development squad, scoring 12 goals and providing four assists in 14 games in U-18 Premier League matches, but has struggled to break into the first team under Guardiola. With the likes of Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling already at the Spainard’s disposal, Sancho’s move to Germany could prove to be a great move for the players, and Bellamy believes he will gain valuable experience at Dortmund.
“So I went to see him play for myself, as I had to, and he was that good. So I thought he was going to be the next one at City, he was going to come through, this kid is that good that he is going to be the next big player coming through.”
“It is going to take a couple more years to get to that stage, but he has a chance because his ability is that good. But maybe Germany and Dortmund are the right fit for him at this time.”