Jadon Sancho turns 20 with better stats as a teenager than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo … now the battle is on to sign the Dortmund star that has long been destined for success
] Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho celebrated his twentieth birthday this week
- Sancho has long been tipped for a bright future and has been compared to stars
- As a teenager, he posted better stats than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
- The battle begins to sign Sancho, with Manchester United on it burned to bring him in
"He's got a little bit of everything," said a seasoned youth soccer expert. & # 39; Because he has some skills I've only seen Brazilian Ronaldo do. Also the way he runs to people. It's not the same power as Ronaldo, of course, but it's the same level of skill and technique.
& # 39; With Neymar it is deception, but also productivity. I also see a bit of a young Joe Cole in him. The best young English player with the ball I've experienced in my life, except Jadon, is Joe Cole. & # 39;
Five or so years later, seeing the sparkler Sancho of England and Borussia Dortmund mentioned in the same breath, because such distinguished names hardly cause a surprise flash.
Indeed, Sancho turned 20 this week and reached the milestone with significantly better numbers than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as their teens came to an end.
Sancho's 31 goals and 42 assists from 90 games for Dortmund surpass Messi's 26 goals and eight assists from 70 appearances. and Ronaldo & # 39; s 16 goals and 16 assists out of 107 matches.
HOW DOES JADON SANCHO COMPARE AS A TEENAGER?
Games : 90
Targets : 31
Assists : 42
Games : 70
Targets : 26
Assists : 8
Games : 107
Goals : 16 ]
Assists : 16
For Sancho it is clearly just a beginning, but what a beginning and, even taking into account the variables, the equation cannot be ignored. So far so good.
It may come as no surprise to learn that Sancho is the type of player who steps onto the field, driven by his own personal target to try to contribute at least one goal or assist his team cause in every game he plays.
And his output since moving from Manchester City to Dortmund in 2017 is just a continuation of the productivity he became known for for club and country at a youth level.
Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc revealed that they started exploring Sancho in August 2016, before signing him a year later. They could hardly have chosen a better time.
In that 2016-17 season, Sancho scored or scored 27 goals in 33 youth team games for City. That period also included most of his time with England's under-17s, an age group that he finished with a record 17 goals and seven assists in 20 games.
Ten of those goal-contributors came in six games and England to the European Under-17 final in May 2017, where he was named Player of the Tournament before moving to Germany.
Five others later took part in England's three group matches at the World Cup in India later that
Dortmund remembered Sancho midway through that tournament, meaning he spent the rest of the eventual victorious campaign of England missed, but handed him his senior debut against Eintracht Frankfurt a week later.
Sancho has continued to perform at every new level, a series of Bundesliga records have been broken along the way and on one occasion tensions have been suggested between him and the club, the unaffected South Londoner has not derailed him.
Dortmund now has one o For the most wanted men of football and although the impact of the pandemic coronavirus may prevent certain transfers from continuing, this is the question, but a proposed deal for Sancho is unlikely to be affected.
Manchester United are determined to get their signatures, have made contact with Borussia Dortmund and are more than willing to spend the £ 100 million plus fee to get him this summer. Dortmund thinks he will finish at Old Trafford. But United are not alone.
City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have also registered their interest.
In the battle to sign him, Sancho is reborn in the same breath as some of the great names of football. Now it is to be expected.
Barcelona and Manchester City & # 39; focus on PSG & # 39; s teenage midfielder Edouard Michut & # 39; – that the & # 39; new Marco Verratti & # 39;
- has been mentioned Barcelona had a longstanding interest in PSG midfielder Edouard Michut
- The 17-year-old impressed Paris Saint- Germain
- There is also interest from Juventus and Valencia in the teenager
The 17-year-old has been labeled the & # 39; new Marco Verratti & # 39; after impressing at a youth level for the French giants and the club Nou Camp have been watching him for a long time.
Now Spanish outlet Sports reports that there are few restrictions regarding a possible move for Michut.
PSG has taken a number of players from La Masia in recent years, including X avi Simons and Kays Ruiz-Atil.
And Barcelona might be looking to get the Parisians back by grabbing a player who's been at Parc des Princes since he was 13.
However, they could face competition in their attempt to sign.
The report also says that City, Juventus and Valencia would like to bring him in.
His contract with PSG expires at the end of next season, giving clubs a greater chance of catching him.
Michut has also impressed France at both Under 16 and Under 17 levels, demonstrating his potential lineage.
Chelsea Sparkler Faustino Anjorin & # 39; Gets New Deal & # 39; in dream week for 18-year-old after making a Premier League debut in Everton thrashing
Chelsea are set to Graduated from Faustino Anjorin academy with a new five-year deal, according to reports.
Anjorin came to replace Willian in the second half for what proved to be an eventful 20 minutes on Sunday, in which he shot one attempt high and a new chance for the goal was denied by a hefty recovery pack from Djibril Sidibe .
His progress has led club officials to sit up and notice, while boss Frank Lampard would like to give him a new long-term deal despite having more than a year to run on his existing deal, according to The Sun .
Anjorin has been with the club since he was six years old and it now looks like he will extend his stay when he signs the new contract.
The Dorset-born midfielder has impressed Chelsea's Under 23s side, making 11 appearances, scoring five goals and giving four assists.
He will be the next Blues academy product to join Lampard's youth revolution at the club, including Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marc Guehi all making breakthroughs this season in the club.
Lampard also brings Billy Gilmour into the fold, showing the young Scotsman all his credentials to have the Man of the Match prizes won against Liverpool and Everton.
It comes days after the Blues secured the future of one of their best academy stars when they held left back Ian Maatsen on a new deal.
Maatsen, who was 18 on Tuesday, celebrated his birthday by signing a new, initial four and a half year contract.
The deal also includes an option to extend the Dutch youth's stay at Stamford Bridge for another 12 months until 2025.
Liverpool monitors & # 39; Anderlecht teenager Jeremy Doku & # 39; after the attacker collapsed to Anfield last year after the confusion he was on his way to Chelsea
- Liverpool has not given hope in drawing the younger Belgian Jeremy Doku
- Reports claim the Reds want to set up a deal for the summer attacker
- Doku's movement fell to last year when the club thought it was a member became from Chelsea
Liverpool continue to follow the progress of Anderlecht star Jeremy Doku – despite their deal for the teenager falling forward bizarre, claiming messages in Belgium.
The 17-year-old attacker traveled to Anfield last year and met manager Jurgen Klopp who is said to have seen him as a future successor to Sadio Mane, but the deal failed after a confusion that he was going to draw for Chelsea .
But the Reds want to revive their offer for Doku after the confusion awaiting a possible step this summer, according to the Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad.
Doku left his mark on the top flight of his country after his debut for Anderlecht last season, and his manager showed how high he scores the youngster by play him 22 times in this campaign.
He has drawn attention to the Belgian side and has netted twice – up to four assists while bidding to impress interested clubs.
The father of the player revealed the story of Liverpool's interest in him and their subsequent trip to the club, before the move failed in bizarre circumstances.
& # 39; At the age of 16, Jeremy was able to sign a professional contract with Anderlecht, & # 39; he said. & # 39; But even then Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Ajax and PSV were interested, & # 39;
& # 39; My preference was Liverpool. How the hell were we received there? Trainer Klopp explained how he saw a potential successor to Sadio Mane in Jeremy. Steven Gerrard showed us video & # 39; s with tactical analysis. & # 39;
But he claims that Liverpool was thrown away after hearing Doku talk about & # 39; Chelsea & # 39 ;, his sister's name.
& # 39; At the Mignolet training complex, Mane and Wijnaldum came to talk to us. Jeremy was nevertheless distracted by the conversation. Liverpool panicked.
& # 39; We were talking about Chelsea and they thought he would sign there while we were just talking about our youngest daughter. Her name is Chelsea.
& # 39; Van Holsbeeck (former Andelecht boss) was convinced that he would lose Jeremy almost to Liverpool for free and wanted to make the best of it. But Anderlecht have done everything to keep our son. & # 39;
Arsenal wants to ward off interest from Liverpool and Manchester United for Bukayo Saka with club that wants to secure academy star for new long-term agreement
- Arsenal wants to secure the future of the teenager Bukayo Saka with a new contract
- The academy star entered the first team this year and impressed
- He entered the final 18 months of his current £ 3000 a week deal
- Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United follow the player
Arsenal is trying to Bukayo Saka bind to a new deal in an attempt to ward off interest in their versatile star from home and abroad.
Academic product Saka has entered the last 18 months of its current deal, worth around £ 3,000 per week, and negotiations have begun on a new deal that Arsenal hopes Saka will bring its long-term future to the club to end.
Saka & # 39; s situation has Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United along with German giants Bayern Munich which are now all developments and the contract negotiations of the England among the 19 international.
Saka broke last season i n the first Arsenal team under Unai Emery and made four senior performances.
He has been even more involved this season with Emery, interim manager Freddie Ljungberg and the new manager Mikel Arteta, who appeared 23 times.
And the 18-year-old has his versatility, by playing in his favorite left-wing role but also making an impression as a left back where he sustained the following injuries with Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
Aston Villa teen Louie Barry says his & # 39; ambition & # 39; is to win a place in the first team before the end of the season
- New Aston Villa-striker Louie Barry has taken a place in the first team squad
- Villa spent £ 1 million on the highly regarded young English striker last month
- Dean Smith already has a fan of Villa praised Barry with & # 39; lots of potential & # 39;
Aston Villa & # 39; s new teen striker Louie Barry has set his sights on making his first team breakthrough towards the end of the season.
It is understood that Villa splashed £ 1 million on Barry during the recent transfer window luring the 16-year old from Barcelona just six months after he had joined the Catalan giants from West Brom .
Boss Dean Smith has already honored Villa fan Barry as & # 39; a smart young child & # 39; with & # 39; lots of potential & # 39 ;.
Although Smith claimed that Barry is primarily an academy that draws & # 39 ;, youngster made it clear that he is fighting for the first team.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, he added: "What I want to do at Villa first is really play well and rise higher.
" My main ambition is to be towards the end of the to be in the first team this season. Dean Smith was excited that I came in. I spoke with all the players in the first team. & # 39;
Smith has since been hit by a new injury to one of his most important attackers.
Keinan Davis returned from a three-month resignation after a hamstring problem with replacement appearances in the Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg victory over Leicester and the Premier's defeat League in Bournemouth.
Davis played in the Under-23s on Monday, while the rest of the first team enjoy the winter break, to hop against West Brom after 25 minutes with what is considered another hamstring problem.
Should Davis be set aside again for an extended period of time, it will leave Smith with just two strikers for the rest of the season in recent recruits Mbwana Samatta and Borja Baston, with only youngsters Indiana Vassilev and Barry as backup.
Barcelona 2-1 Levante: Teenager Ansu Fati bags brace themselves within two minutes to become the youngest player to score a double in La Liga's history, putting Barca back on track
- Barcelona organized Levante at the Nou Camp on Sunday afternoon in La Liga
- The side of Quique Setien was under pressure after losing to Valencia last week
- However, teenager Ansu Fati helped them bounce back, scored a double
- Levante winger Ruben Rochina earned the visitors a consolation at death
Lionel Messi has a new friend in Camp Nou – 17-year-old Ansu Fati scored two in two minutes, both from the Argentinian assists, while Barcelona defeated Levante 2-1 to get three points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Messi supported the Barça boy earlier in the season when he broke records as the club's youngest debutant and youngest scorer.
There was a hug between the two on social media after those milestones, here came the hugs on the field after Messi played ball twice behind Levante & # 39; s defense and the teenager rushed through to the pass to pass Aitor Fernandez to score, both times shooting through the legs of the keeper.
The 17-year-old scored in the 30th and 31st minute to secure Barca's victory on Sunday
Aitor entered the game with more saves than any other La Liga keeper, but he couldn't do anything about the first hit and stayed a bit embarrassed by the second. Messi, robbed of Luis Suarez, seemed to enjoy the options that Fati offers and the two brilliantly linked.
Fati had played as a right wing in the first two games of Quique Setien, but the new Barcelona coach seems to reign in experimenting and with Nelson Semedo back in the right-back team and Clement Lenglet back in the center of the defense this seemed much more like the current champions at their best in the first half.
& # 39; We have to take care of him because he can give us so much, & # 39; said the screen of Setien of Fati. "I love what he did, but also the way he contributed defensively. He is a huge talent. & # 39;
Messi also had a ch ance of a Fati pass in the impressive first half and Semedo hit the top of the bar of Aitor while Barcelona tried to put the game out of sight before the first half ended.
But they had to settle for the goals of Fati, after 30 and 32 minutes, at the break. In the second period, Levante stayed back in the game and scored late and made a nervous final minute.
Barcelona allowed Levante to create no fewer than seven open openings after the break and from one of them to Ruben Rochina shot a deflection of Ruben Vezo and wrong foot Marc Andre ter Stegen.
& # 39; It was a game that could have ended with 8-2 or 8-3 & # 39 ;, Setien said, but that analysis was difficult for Levante, who surrenders Rochina with his goal to his mercy with their best chance before she scored
& # 39; Of course I am concerned that we are surrendering opportunities & # 39 ;, said the Barcelona coach. "But we also had many opportunities and that is the most important thing."
Fati received a huge ovation when he was picked up in the second half. "He is a child who is still emerging," said Setien. "He has enormous potential and today he has written more history with his two goals."
The only dark cloud on the horizon for Barcelona was the second half of the booking for Gerard Pique. He is now excluded from next week's visit to Betis. "You always miss Pique when he's not there," said the Barcelona coach, who now has to face his former club without his main defender.
& # 39; Rugby turns into an apology for violence … we are inexorably moving towards a new death & # 39 ;: Eddie Jones & # 39; promise of brutality in Paris sick father of tragic teenager who died after a double tackle in 2018
- Eddie Jones has sworn that England & # 39; brutal & # 39; will be in Six Nations opener in France
- Philippe Chauvin's teenage son died of a double tackle on the rugby field
- He said the comments of Jones contributing to a deadly culture of violence in the game
- A prominent neurosurgeon also said the English coach's language was unwelcome
The father of an 18-year-old rugby player who died after a double tackle said that Eddie Jones contributes to a deadly culture of violence in rugby with his vow to & # 39; brutally & # 39; to be against a young France side.
Philippe Chauvin, whose son Nicolas died 48 hours after being hit by two opponents in his first start for the Stade Francais academy team, told The Mail on Sunday that England head coach Jones & # 39 ; promise of & # 39; absolute brutality & # 39; in the Six Nations opener reflects the drift of the sport to & # 39; an apology for violence & # 39 ;.
Chauvin, whose deadly tackle was captured in devastating detail in December 2018 in a video seen by The Mail on Sunday, said: & # 39; Eddie Jones & # 39; statements are not reassuring if you take on the face the promise of violence that will be imposed on the young people of the French XV.
& # 39; Is English rugby in the same state of drift [as the French game]? What happens if there are serious injuries or worse when the two teams play against each other? The transformation of rugby from an educational sport to an apology for violence is painful. The game is similar to the movie & # 39; Rollerball & # 39 ;. We are inexorably moving towards a new death. & # 39;
A prominent neurosurgeon, who operated on 22 players who sustained the kind of injuries that Nicolas killed, also said that Jones' language was not welcome.
] Prof Jean Chazal, former adviser of the French national competition and member of the Clermont-Ferrand medical committee, said to The Mail on Sunday: & # 39; Children learn a lot by imitating others. They reproduce the behavior they see. It is important that words encourage the playing of the sport through the code of conduct.
& # 39; Eddie Jones & # 39; words encourage something that is dangerous in rugby. It is worrying and not good to hear such a thing. The game reaches a point of no return and this language contributes to this. & # 39;
Nicolas & # 39; death was the fourth in a period of eight months, leading to a first period of reflection for the French game about the risk of head injury that was the source of a Mail on Sunday campaign.
But his father says that the French Rugby Federation (FFR) has not suspended the players involved and is not interested in preventing the highly tradable culture of
Prof. Chazal said that French rugby is so is averse to the increasing violence of the game that his public discussion about it released him last year from the competition. He said: "I was told: & # 39; You must be quiet. & # 39; I speak too much, but speak the truth even if what I say disturbs people. But I was not willing to do that. & # 39;
& # 39; For him there is still a long way to go & # 39 ;: Mikel Arteta explains the rise of Gabriel Martinelli … with Arsenal manager who does not want to put pressure on teen with extra pressure
- Gabriel Martinelli scored his 10th goal of the season against Chelsea on Tuesday
- Martinelli stepped on the plate in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- But Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists that the 18-year-old still has a long way to go
Mikel Arteta is enthusiastic for Arsenal attacker Gabriel Martinelli to develop further in the same way and warned the teenager not to burden him with unnecessary pressure.
The 18-year-old scored in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Tuesday racing from his own half before showing a great composition to find the net.
It was Martinelli & # 39; s 10th goal of the campaign and made him the first teenager to earn double digits in an Arsenal season since Nicolas Anelka.
GABRIEL MARTINELLI IN 2019-20
- Appearance: 21
- Objectives: 10
- Assists: 3
- Yellow cards: 2
] Statistics according to Transfermarkt
After signing Ituano in In the summer there was little expectation about the forward, but he emerged as a real plus and recently filled the void of the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by scoring the last two games in the Gunners.
& # 39; I would like to talk about potential, more than what it is right now, because there is still a long way for him, & # 39; said Arteta.
& # 39; The status of this club, giving him the key to do it immediately, is not fair to him. We have to get him down.
& # 39; I want him to train hard with his head down every day and slowly he will start earning the praise if he does what he has to do every day, but it's not about one or two days. & # 39;
Head coach Arteta admitted that he was surprised how prepared Martinelli was to compete in the first team when he took over last month.
The Spaniard had been told many positive traits about his fighting spirit and quality for the purpose, which were quickly stamped with rubber and the teenager is expected to start again in the FA Cup in Bournemouth on Monday.
Arteta added: & I heard many things about Gabi before I entered and the moment I saw him in training, I was confirmed what I was had heard before.
& # 39; I think the way he competes and how brave he is in every decision in that field is very unusual for an 18-year-old.
& # 39; He fought against one of the best defenders in the league, in (Cesar) Azpilicueta, and he got it every time he had a chance. His fighting spirit is incredible and he is a threat to the goal every time. & # 39;
Asked if Martinelli's form was so good that recalling Aubameyang would be difficult, the 37-year-old disagreed, but he admitted that young striker currently deserves it in to remain the team due to its recent performance.
What Arteta is concerned about, however, is supporters and others in the club who expect the Brazilian Under-23 to deliver consistent international impressions like he did against Chelsea.
& # 39; That is the risk and not only he, but we and all of us and the club and the people around him, & # 39; Arsenal's head coach insisted.
We have to support and protect him. We can't just give him the license to think he can do that every day and he has to do that and put himself under that pressure when he might get a little blocked.
& # 39; It is completely the opposite. He has to play with the freedom where he has the license to do what he wants to do on the field, but with the pressure that he doesn't always have to be. & # 39;