‘Jadon had to leave… Phil’s talent was clearer’: Former Manchester City youth coach says Sancho was always rated behind Foden so had to quit for Borussia Dortmund to develop and ‘get more TV attention’
- Former coach Steve Eyre oversaw Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho’s development
- Sancho bravely left Manchester City at a young age while Foden stayed
- The coach said Sancho had to leave to become superstar at Borussia Dortmund
- Eyre believes Foden is the most ‘naturally talented’ player he has ever seen
A former Manchester City youth coach has admitted Jadon Sancho had to leave the club in order to become a superstar, but said current star Phil Foden is the most ‘naturally talented’ player he has ever seen.
Sancho has taken the Bundesliga by storm since bravely leaving the north-west club for Borussia Dortmund for first-team football in 2017, while Foden has had to bide his time after staying in England but is also beginning to make his mark at senior level.
Steve Eyre, who coached at the academy while the talented pair were coming through the ranks, says Foden had the more natural talent from a younger age and Sancho was always going to have to move away in order to progress.
A former Man City youth coach Steve Eyre shed light on Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden’s rise
Foden and Sancho were both highly rated from a young age but took different paths
In an interview with Talksport, Eyre said: ‘I think he (Sancho) has had to develop a little bit later. They both had impatient ambition but Phil was happy to stay in England at the club that he loves.’
Sancho, 20, has had a blistering season in Germany, with 17 goals and 17 assists in 32 appearances, justifying the decision to make the surprise move as a 17-year-old.
‘You have to respect Jadon Sancho for his impatient ambition and his will to go and create his own development path at the second best team in German football at Borussia Dortmund,’ said Eyre.
Sancho, 20, has become one of the world’s most exciting players at Borussia Dortmund
‘His development has probably been worked on more than Foden, who has the best natural talent I have ever seen.
‘Sancho had to leave this country to get more TV attention and more 90 minute matches under his belt – but Phil’s talent was clearer from a younger age.’
Foden has been highly-rated by boss Pep Guardiola for a long time but has found his first-team chances scarce as he waits behind world-class stars Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva in the pecking order.
Foden has had to wait for his chance but is beginning to make his mark at senior level for City
The midfielder has had his most productive season yet though after a man-of-the-match display in the Carabao Cup Final, and three goals scored since Premier League action resumed this month.
Foden looks set to take over from Silva when the latter leaves the club at the end of the season, while Sancho’s form has also seen him linked with a £100million move back to England to City’s rivals Manchester United.
The pair were integral parts of the England side that won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, the first time an England side had won a major competition since 1966.
The pair (left and right) were integral parts of the triumphant England Under-17 World Cup side
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