Former England and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has claimed that Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has shown youngsters in the country that they do not have to get wasted in their respective clubs and instead can move to a different league to improve.
Sancho chose not to sign a contract extension with Manchester City when he was 17-years-old considering there was no real path to the first team, and instead chose to move to Borussia Dortmund.
With the English international showing that he is one of the best talents last season, Heskey has said that Sancho has paved a path for other youngsters in the country.
“English football and Gareth will end up owing a debt to Jadon Sancho,” Heskey told the Mirror. “A lot of young players were looking for someone to make a break for it and leave a big club to play first-team football.
“If he had stayed at City would he be in Pep Guardiola’s first team? Maybe. Would he be in the England side? No. Now he’s an integral part of the national squad. He’s not far behind Marcus Rashford, if he is behind him. But it’s thanks to the risk Jadon took – he went out on a limb.
“When it happened, people were looking at him thinking: ‘What has he done that for?’ Or: ‘He must be a trouble-maker’. He backed himself. He backed his talent and now it’s paying off for him.”
It remains to be seen if there will be other youngsters who will want to move to other countries, with a couple of other English players also taking that path in the previous campaign.