Tottenham Hotspur reportedly turned down the chance to sign Jadon Sancho in 2017, and given his impressive performance for Borussia Dortmund this term and his senior England call-up on Thursday, they should be regretting their decision.
Well, ESPN reported in August 2017 that the teenager wanted to link up with Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, but the north London outfit decided against pursuing a move for the then Manchester City youngster.
The attacker proceeded to join Borussia Dortmund on August 31 of the same year, and after an impressive debut campaign with the Bundesliga giants he has really hit the ground running this term, culminating in Gareth Southgate bringing the 18-year-old into the senior Three Lions’ squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations’ League clashes against Croatia and Spain.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are suffering somewhat on the pitch having added no new faces to their squad during the previous summer transfer window, with the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen missing the Champions League tie with Barcelona at Wembley on Wednesday night through injury.
The reasoning behind them deciding against taking a punt on Sancho is unclear, but they look to have made a massive error.
The talented teenager has scored once and provided eight assists – more than anyone else in Europe’s top five leagues – in nine appearances in all competitions, to show the quality and potential that he has.
With Spurs often struggling this season with the likes of Harry Kane, Eriksen and Alli looking a little off-colour after the 2018 World Cup, Pochettino would have loved to call upon and develop someone like Sancho to make a difference for his side in the final third, but unfortunately for them that opportunity looks to have now passed.