One of the most interesting trends in the past couple of seasons has been the increase in talented English youngsters not afraid to leave the comfort of their academies to try and gain first team action across the English Channel in Germany’s Bundesliga. This weekend saw that brought home into sharp focus with yet another exciting performance in Germany from a certain Jadon Sancho.
The former Manchester City graduate shocked his former club when he declared he was leaving the Etihad last season and was swapping it for the surrounds of the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund at the tender age of just seventeen. Sancho’s first season at Borussia Dortmund was blighted by injury but he was still able to hit the back of the net once and contribute four assists in the Bundesliga from just seven starts. Yet this season the youngster has quite simply slipped into a different gear and has stepped up his performances.
This was highlighted with gushing praise from his teammate and Germany international Marco Reus (£3.03) who claimed that Sancho was a real ace up Dortmund’s sleeve following his cameo in the victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend from the bench. The reason for such praise is extremely stark, as it stands Sancho is the leading assist maker in Europe’s top five leagues, with five assists from just 124 minutes playing time. That’s an average of an assist every 25 minutes. Throw in his first goal in the 7-0 thumping of FC Nurnberg last week and it easy to see why the attacking wingers stock is rising so highly across Europe at present.
Yet it isn’t just rising in the eyes of scouts and the media as in the world of the Football Index his share price is absolutely booming. Sancho is currently trading at £4.76 a share which has risen from £2.35 a future in just three months, that’s an increase of £2.43 in three months which is well over a 100% return on investment. This price rise was given a significant nudge in the last seven days, with Sancho trading up £0.83 a share having been trading at a low of £3.93 a share last week. With the international break in October now firmly on the horizon, it is a guarantee that a certain Gareth Southgate is certain to be taking a keen interest in Sancho’s progress and with the Three Lions calling out for more creativity is Sancho the answer? And if so what will that do to his price on the Football Index?
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga this season we have seen Hoffenheim secure the services of Arsenal’s talented youngster Reiss Nelson (£2.80) on loan. This news has seen the forward rise from lows of £1.13 three months ago by £1.67 a share to his current share price. The Arsenal man hasn’t disappointed so far either with a goal on his debut against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Will his career now take off in the Bundesliga also?
Will the route over to Germany be a route that we see more and more of in the coming years? It certainly looks profitable for Indexers.