Who doesn’t love a nutmeg?
Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho has been told off by his team-mates after constantly nutmegging them in training.
The 17-year-old England youth international left Man City last summer to join Dortmund in a deal worth around £10million after rejecting a new contract at the Etihad.
Despite his limited game time due to injury, Sancho has made an impression on his Dortmund team-mates in training and left a few of them red-faced.
In an interview with JD Football, Sancho revealed Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer had a word with him after his team-mates complained about being embarrassed by his skills in training.
A slap on the wrist is nothing new to Sancho, as he admitted that his former captain at City, Vincent Kompany, also used to disapprove of his tricks.
“I nutmugged the captains of Dortmund and City and they said ‘don’t do that again’, Sancho revealed.
“I was always skillful as a youngster but now I don’t do skills as much because the game has got quicker and it’s more serious.
“Getting my first league call-up was a big opportunity. I just wanted to express myself.
“I’m more mature now, I know when to release the ball. I’m not greedy but I just want to show what I can do.”
Sancho has made six Bundesliga appearances so far, showing off his quick feet and natural creativity.
Last week, he returned from injury, running out for the U19s and scoring in his first appearance since suffering ankle ligament damage at the start of February.
Sancho has registered one assist this season and was awarded ‘Bundesliga rookie of the month’ in January.
With a World Cup on the horizon, Gareth Southgate could do worse than making the surprise decision to include the tricky winger in his 23-man squad.
Sancho has impressed during his international career so far, featuring for England at all levels from U16 to U19, including scoring 14 goals in 18 matches for the U17s.
Southgate’s latest squad announcement has done little to boost England fans’ hopes… sorry, Jake Livermore.
A player like Sancho could be the spark in what is otherwise a relatively uninspiring squad.
Sancho’s ability to play on either wing makes him a versatile option from the bench and he would be something of a secret weapon for the Three Lions in Russia.
Just something to think about, Gareth.
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