Jadon Sancho: The stats and facts about Borussia Dortmund’s star from south London who Tottenham must keep quiet tonight

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The England winger is set to face Spurs in their Champions League showdown

Tottenham take on Borussia Dortmund tonight and one man they will be concerned about needs no introduction.

Dortmund’s Londoner Jadon Sancho burst into the limelight following his England call-up before Christmas and his stunning form this season.

Who is Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

Who is Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

Sancho began his career at Watford before moving on to Manchester City and then on to Dortmund.

The winger has been a sensation since moving to Germany and, still six weeks short of his 19th birthday, became the youngest player to score eight Bundesliga goals at the weekend.

He scored one and made the other two goals in Dortmund’s 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim.

He will now be desperate to shine in his home city.

Who is Jadon Sancho?

Born in south London to parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Sancho spent most of his childhood at Watford, joining as a seven-year-old and staying for seven years.

In 2015, the he moved to City for an initial fee of £66,000 under the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) although that could rise to £500,000 with add-ons.

On August 31, 2017, Sancho joined Dortmund for a fee of £8million and the club immediately awarded him the number 7 shirt which had been vacated by Barcelona-bound Ousmane Dembele.

He had to wait for his opportunities with Dortmund but became the first Englishman to play a Bundesliga match for the club when he made his debut in October 2017 against Eintracht Frankfurt.

His first goal in professional football came on April 21 last year when opened the scoring in a 4-0 victory over Wolfsburg, a game in which he also notched two assists.

Sancho was a regular goalscorer for England’s U16s, U17s and U19s but never appeared for the U21s as Southgate opted to fast-track him into the senior set-up.

Jadon Sancho has been superb for Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho has been superb for Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho: Has he been in good form?

Sancho has been tearing up the Bundesliga this season.

In his 28 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund, he has scored eight times and provided 13 assists.

He also made his England debut earlier this term, coming on against Croatia in their goalless Nations League draw in October.

He then played the full match of England’s 3-0 friendly win over the USA in November and helped them to beat Croatia 2-1 three days later.

Jadon Sancho in action for England

Jadon Sancho in action for England

Jadon Sancho: What has been said about him?

Ahead of tonight’s game, Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino were asked about Sancho.

Delaney said: “Jadon is a big, big talent, with talent comes opportunities and he has them for sure.

“But he is still 18 years old and he has done amazing. He is not where he is supposed to be, he is a rough diamond, he will get there.

“I feel responsible for keeping him on the ground. Now we are in England and you [British media] are world famous for hyping your player.

“We try to keep him on the ground because he has a big, big future in front of him and he will do great things, but it takes hard work.”

Tottenham will have to watch Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho

Tottenham will have to watch Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho

Pochettino said: “We knew very well that he was capable to do what he is doing now with game time.

“Of course he is showing now in Germany that he can cope with the pressure to play in the Bundesliga or in the Champions League. And no surprise to me.

“We have seen the quality that he was showing in Manchester City or in his national team.

“I think we were talking in the last few years that he was a massive prospect to be a very good player. His talent is there and he’s a very talented player.”

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