In an interview for Germany’s Sport Bild, Borussia Dortmund’s legend Marco Reus spoke about the situation of Englishman Jadon Sancho, his playmate at Dortmund.
With a lot of clubs setting Sancho as their main target for the next season, and with his apparent imminent Borussia Dortmund departure, Reus gave Sancho something that we are going to describe as a “Brother’s advice”.
– My advice to Sancho would be to stay at Dortmund for another year, maybe two. In my point of view, there is no better place for him at the moment.
He can step up and become an even more complete player, developing and improving his pace and overall striker skills. In a new club, he would have to find his place, something that is not always easy for a 20-year-old.
If we go back in time, Reus has been through this very same situation multiple times before. He was best friends with Mario Gotze, advised him to stay and become a Dortmund legend, and… Gotze chose to complete his move to Bayern Munich, where he lifted some trophies, but at the same time, lost his potential legend status.
Dortmund is a big club, but it’s easier to become a legend there than at Bayern. Even the fans have a completely different approach when it comes to Football legends.
We can also say that similar cases to Mario Gotze’s were the ones with Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels – who curiously moved to Bayern Munich was well-, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who went to Arsenal, but is on the verge of leaving the London club.
So yes, Reus knows exactly what he’s talking about.
And we can say that he’s kinda looking for someone to substitute him, more or less what Ronaldinho has done with Lionel Messi at Barcelona.
Sancho would be just the perfect guy, and the Englishman has surely a big room for improvement.
It’s difficult, however, for Sancho as a young player to see a crazy amount of money being thrown at his door, plus a seductive idea of going back to his homeland and try to become a national legend there.
Some of the clubs interested in the youngster talent are the likes of Liverpool, Man United, Man City, and Chelsea.
If I were Sancho, I’d stay at Dortmund and would do my best to conduct the Yellow & Black to a UEFA Champions League trophy.