An increasing number of young English players are choosing to play their football abroad. With opportunity often lacking in the English game, making the move elsewhere is fast becoming a popular alternative for young talents. With more emphasis on giving youth a chance, leagues such as the Bundesliga are seen as the perfect place for players to develop their skills. Andrew Stafford takes a look at some of the most promising English youngsters playing abroad today.
10. Keanan Bennetts, Borussia Monchengladbach
Comparisons to Gareth Bale have been inevitable for this former Tottenham starlet. Another Englishman playing in the Bundesliga, this time with Borrusia Mönchengladbach, Bennetts has been described as a set-piece specialist. He joined Borussia Monchengladbach in a deal believed to be worth £2million.
9. Noni Madueke, PSV
A highly rated youngster, Noni Masdueke turned down offers from Spurs. Chelsea and Manchester United in order to continue his development in the Netherlands by signing for PSV at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season. Aged just 15, Madueke was playing in UEFA Youth League for Spurs, showcasing his obvious talents. The midfielder is definitely one to watch.
8. Jonathan Panzo. AS Monaco
A key part of England squad which won the U17 World Cup, Panzo decided to join AS Monaco rather than enter the Chelsea loan mill. The talented left-back recently made his debut against FC Lorient in the Coupe de la Ligue and impressed as his side kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory.
7. Marcus McGuane, Barcelona
The first Englishman to play for Spanish giants Barcelona since Gary Lineker in 1989, McGuane came off the bench to help Barcelona beat Espanyol in the Catalan Super Cup on his debut. A product of the Arsenal academy, he joined the Gunners when he was 6 years old before making the switch to Barcelona in January 2018 for an undisclosed fee.
6. Ronaldo Viera, U.C. Sampdoria
The talented midfielder made the switch to Sampdoria from Leeds in 2018. Although he has made just four appearances in Serie A, he is under contract with the Italian club until 2023. Sampdoria recognises his potential and great things are expected of the English midfielder.
5. Sheyi Ojo, Reims.
Another talented youngster out on loan is Sheyi Ojo. Playing for Reims on loan from Liverpool, the winger has unfortunately struggled for game time and form so far this season. In 11 league appearances for Reims, Ojo has started just three times without registering a goal or an assist.
4. Josh Maja, Bordeaux
Having scored 16 goals in 30 games for League One Sunderland, and with only 6 months remaining on his current deal at the Stadium of Light, there was a host of teams vying for his signature this January. Despite interest from the Championship and Premiership, the talented striker signed for French side Bordeaux. Maja will hope he can continue his goalscoring exploits in France.
3. Patrick Roberts, Girona
Signed by Man City from Fulham for £12 million in 2015, Roberts has spent 3 seasons on loan at Scottish side Celtic before securing a move to Girona this season, again on loan. The Englishmen has put in some impressive performances and has made 10 appearances in La Liga this term.
2. Reiss Nelson, Hoffenheim
19-year-old Reiss Nelson is another Englishmen who has found success in the Bundesliga. Playing for Hoffenheim on loan from Arsenal, Nelson came off the bench to score on his debut. Despite only starting 5 of his 13 appearances to date, the talented forward has scored 6 goals.
1. Jodan Sancho, Borussia Dortmund
A Man City academy graduate, Jodan Sancho has electrified the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. Only Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard have provided more assists in the top 5 European leagues this season than the 18-year-old. His terrific form for Dortmund has been rewarded with a call up to the senior England squad by Gareth Southgate.