Erling Haaland is the name on everyone’s lips these days but his new team-mate is also flying and place for a colossal summer move. Despite joining in January, he’s already formed an exceptional relationship with fellow teenager Jadon Sancho, and the group broke more records in Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Union Berlin.
Haaland is enjoying playing the England international but joked that he may need to quit scoring from Sancho’s deliveries if the venture is to continue beyond the summer.
“You see on the pitch he is extremely good and I don’t need him to give me a lot of aids so we must keep it down a bit,” Haaland told reporters.
The striker will have an extremely tough time keeping attention away from Sancho, who’s among the most in-form players on the planet at this time.
Sancho scored the opening goal against Union, taking his career tally to 25 Bundesliga goals, getting the first-ever player to reach this mark for a teenager.
“Twenty-five goals at that age is incredible,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc beamed after the match.
His 26 assists since the beginning of 2018-19 are also the most from any participant in Europe’s top five leagues, which makes him a whole attacker and bringing him on the radar of some of Europe’s greatest clubs.
Chelsea are huge admirers of Sancho, but didn’t make a move for its $166m rated wonderkid in January as Dortmund desired to keep him for the remainder of the season.
Manchester United looked at a January deal also, while many Liverpool legends have indicated that Sancho is an ideal addition for the Reds.
“We are continuing to plan with him,” he told reporters. “He is a basic player for us and I don’t see any situation where he leaves us.”
However, Zorc understands that Dortmund don’t have the financial clout or worldwide prestige to compete with Europe’s elite when they do come calling again in the summer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in 2016-17 with 31 goals, but only won one German cup trophy during his five years in the club and forced a move away in January 2018 when Arsenal came calling.
Likewise, Ousmane Dembele went on strike to receive his dream move to Barcelona only a month or two before, leaving Zorc and Dortmund no option but to promote the France winger, albeit after squeezing every last cent from the Spanish giants for $120m in return.
Sancho has admirers from far and wide, but closer to home, even the media-savvy Thomas Muller cannot help but respect Bayern Munich’s largest rival’s star player, stating that he has abilities that Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman don’t.
“He manages to make dangerous situations with his strategy, his speed, his dribbling.
“There are different dribblers with similar qualities in the Bundesliga, but they do not have this outstanding decision-making.”
Sancho doesn’t turn 20 until March 25, meaning that he has seven more Bundesliga matches to add to his amazing adolescent goalscoring record. In addition, he has four months to go till he heads to Euro 2020 with England, where he could boost his international standing much more.
Sancho has equalled his best-ever target return in the Bundesliga and needs only three more assists in 2019-20 to enhance his tally from last year, which saw him finish as the league’s best supplier.
More documents will be broken by the Englishman this year before he breaks another record by becoming the largest export in Bundesliga history in summer by smashing Dembele’s $105m transport fee.