Jens Lehmann believes Jadon Sancho has already reached the elite level of performance.
After a very chaotic summer, Sancho has been involved in 12 Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund in 2021.
Only Robert Lewandowski ranks higher at 13. Sancho also registered his 50th assist in the German top-flight, becoming the youngest player to do so in only his 99th appearance. Only Lionel Messi has a more direct goal involvement than these two across Europe’s top five leagues.
“He’s done very well,” Lehmann told the Daily Star. “Right now his stats can be compared to Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, and I think the third best in the whole of Europe. It’s fantastic for English football.”
When asked about the futures of Sancho and Jude Bellingham, “Right now, I think they’re staying. Most of the big clubs have full squads anyway.
“You’d have to be really, really outstanding if a bigger club tries to get you. But if you can imagine a club like Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City, there is already 30 or 35 players plus the players on loan.
“It’s not that easy to make a decision for guys like Bellingham and Sancho at this early stage in their careers. Would they add something? We’re not sure, but first of all they need to decrease their own squad size.”