Borussia Dortmund are currently four points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table, and are priced at 29/5 to bounce back and win the league if you’re looking for football betting odds, whilst they were also in poll position to progress through to the quarter-final of the Champions League ahead of Paris Saint-Germain following a 2-1 first-leg win at Signal Iduna Park, although Neymar and co. forged a comeback at the Parc des Princes – winning 3-2 on aggregate.
However, whenever a 17-year-old winger was subbed on for Thorgan Hazard in the 67th minute of the home game against the French giants, Dortmund’s attack was made up of three English-born players, but who are they?
Jadon Sancho: London
Sancho moved to Dortmund in 2017 from Manchester City’s academy. However, the winger only made 12 Bundesliga appearances for the side during the 2017-18 season – scoring just once. It wasn’t until last season that the London-born attacker broke into the first team and stole the limelight. In 34 Bundesliga appearances last season, Sancho scored 12 times and assisted a further 14, whilst he also scored his first Champions League goal against Atlético Madrid.
The 19-year-old has already topped last term’s stats with 14 goals and 15 assists in just 22 Bundesliga matches, while he has also doubled his last year’s Champions League tally with two goals – one of which was Dortmund’s only goal in the 3-1 defeat against Barcelona.
Although, Sancho may not be around at the Signal Iduna Park for much longer as he is reportedly leaving the Bundesliga side in the summer, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United believed to be on red alert.
Sancho played in six of England’s Euro 2020 Qualifiers, scoring two goals and providing as many assists.
Giovanni Reyna: Sunderland
Giovanni Reyna moved to Dortmund in 2019 from New York City FC, where his father and former professional footballer, Claudio Reyna, is a director. The 17-year-old has since broken a number of records set by his American predecessor Christian Pulisic.
On January 18th, Reyna made his Bundesliga debut, coming off the bench in the 72nd minute, becoming the youngest Amercian to earn a Bundesliga appearance, at 17 years and 66 days. The Sunderland-born winger also became the third youngest player to play in the Champions League when he came off the bench against PSG, whilst he also stole Pulisic’s title as the youngest player from the United States to play in the European competition – and also bagged an assist.
The records don’t stop there for the youngster. He scored on his DFB Pokal debut against Werder Bremen and, therefore, became the youngest player to score in the German Cup. Reyna now has five Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund, but is yet to score in the league.
The 17-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the United States, but has played for several of their youth sides. Come on Gareth, get him in the England squad!
Erling Braut Håland: Leeds
The 19-year-old, who is the son of former Man City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United defender Alf-Inge Håland, was ripping the Austrian league and his Champions League opponents apart at Red Bull Salzburg before moving to Dortmund in January. Since joining the German side, Håland has scored nine goals in eight Bundesliga games – including a hat-trick on his debut, a goal on his German Cup debut and a double on his Champions League debut – notably a stunning strike, assisted by Reyna, from outside the box against PSG.
That took his insane stats this season to 40 goals in 31 appearances – including six hat-tricks. 11 of the goals were in seven appearances for Dortmund and 10 goals in seven Champions League games – including strikes against Napoli, PSG and defending champions Liverpool.
Håland, who has also played for Molde, has only made two appearance for the senior Norwegian side – oh, what could have been for the Three Lions!