Back at the rear end of the summer transfer window of 2017, Manchester City confirmed that youngster Jadon Sancho had left the Etihad Stadium.
The 18-year-old began his youth career at Watford before making the move to the Citizens in 2015, where he came up through the youth system to become one of the brightest stars in the City academy, and one that was also producing the goods for England at youth level.
Yet the forward reportedly refused to train with the Premier League champions in the summer of 2017, before securing a move to German giants Borussia Dortmund at the end of the transfer window, which prompted quite an angry response from City fans on Twitter, with many happy to see him leave the Etihad Stadium…
Thank you? What for paying you while you refused to train? Pathetic. Jog on
— Ben McCabe (@benjani7) August 31, 2017
Handled poorly. You best grow up quick.
— Jake Platt (@Jake__Platt) August 31, 2017
Good riddance to bad rubbish
— Andy King (@andyjking23) September 7, 2017
Could’ve done it in a better way fella. Good luck all the same.
— Jamie Young (@Johnny_on) August 31, 2017
Good memories like being paid to not show up to training to force a move? Maybe you should get tips off Foden and Diaz for professionalism
— Jonny (@jxnnymcfc) September 1, 2017
With that attitude you won’t get far in football. Good luck.
— AM (@adnanctid) August 31, 2017
Poorly handled. Wish you all the best.
— Dave Calaz (@TheDaveCalaz) August 31, 2017
— Rishav Singh (@rish2094) August 31, 2017
Thus, it’s fair to say that Sancho didn’t leave City in the best of circumstances, but there is little questioning that the move has benefited the youngster in his bid to fulfil his undoubted potential.
Ultimately, the 18-year-old never actually made a senior appearance for the Citizens despite all the promise and the bags of goals he netted for the club’s youth teams, although it did appear that the 2017/18 season would have brought greater success for the forward in the senior set-up.
Yet that was a scenario which never played out as the Englishman joined Borussia Dortmund in August 2017, and although things didn’t start particularly well for Sancho in the Bundesliga, with injuries something of a problem, he has recently gone on to seriously produce the goods for Lucien Favre’s side.
The 18-year-old managed just one goal in his first eight league appearances for the German outfit upon arrival from City, yet he has since taken it up another level in netting twice and laying on six assists in his last nine league games for the club, a goal and three assists of which coming this season as Dortmund sit second in the Bundesliga table.
Impressively, Sancho has yet to start for Favre’s side in the league this term but has regularly made an impact off the bench, thus underlining his ability to make a difference when called upon, at the same suggesting that it won’t be too long until he commands regular football at the German club.
Yes, the 18-year-old didn’t part with City on the best of terms, with several fans not overly fazed by his departure, but there is little doubting that he is on the road to fulfilling his potential as a result of leaving the Etihad Stadium little over a year ago.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!