Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested in his Borussia Dortmund pre-match press conference, as per quotes reported by Football.London, that he could have signed Jadon Sancho, who has been a major success with the German top-flight leaders.
The English winger joined the Bundesliga club from Manchester City in 2017 and he has gone on to be something of a sensation in Germany, playing 28 times in all competitions.
Sancho has been brilliant since joining Dortmund.
He has scored a total of eight goals and laid on 13 assists since his move to Germany and has also won three caps for England under Gareth Southgate.
The teenager enjoyed a superb outing prior to his team’s game against Spurs, scoring once and laying on an assist in a 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim in the German top-flight.
Pochettino, though, says he has long been aware of the 18-year-old’s talents.
Football.London quote him as saying: “I am not too much impressed [surprised] about him. We knew very well that he was capable to do what he is doing now with game time.
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“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.
“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. His talent is there and he’s a very talented player.”
Asked if he could have signed Sancho, he added: “You know I don’t talk about that. Rumours.”
The Independent reported in 2017 that Spurs were interested in signing Sancho from City, along with Arsenal and Manchester United, only for City to veto the possibility of the winger moving within England, and he instead made the switch to Dortmund.
Spurs have long been linked with the best young players across Europe and it appears that Sancho really did slip through the club’s fingers.
It makes sense that City would persuade Sancho to move to the Bundesliga instead and Pochettino appears to have let slip that the north London outfit have long been interested in a move.
Sancho, of course, struggled to make a breakthrough at the Etihad Stadium and failed to play for the senior side.
Spurs may have offered him a fast-track route into the first-team, along with the likes of Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters.
As it stands, he is enjoying his time at Dortmund, but Spurs will be wondering what might have been.