Jadon Sancho, Chelsea loanees, and a former West Ham wonderkid – British stars to watch out for as Bundesliga

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British players have historically been resistant to plying their trade abroad, tending to favour their home comforts. This has changed in the last few years with a number of players, especially the younger generation, moving overseas to get experience. Getty Images – Getty Jadon Sancho is one of Europe’s best young talents and has made rapid progress since moving to Germany The Bundesliga has a number of young British stars who have been signed by German clubs and also several others on loan. Football is due to restart in Germany’s top tier on Saturday and here are the British players to watch out for. Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund He has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga this season with 14 goals and 15 assists in just 23 appearances. The 20-year-old is already a regular for England and is wanted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Sancho joined Dortmund in 2017 from Man City as a 17-year-old for just £8million and his development has been incredible. He is sure to be one of the most talked about players when the Bundesliga does return. Danny Mills not convinced Jadon Sancho would want to move to Man United Ethan Ampadu – RB Leipzig (loan from Chelsea) Ampadu has been touted as ‘the next big thing’ in the past and is currently out on loan from Chelsea to get some meaningful first-team experience. RB Leipzig was the destination for the Wales international but he has found games hard to come by having made just three league appearances. Ampadu was one of several Leipzig players criticised for flying in a celebrity barber to their hotel before their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in January. A fine display away at Tottenham in the Champions League, in the middle of a back-three, was a reminder of his talents. Ampadu has made more appearances for Wales than he has in the Bundesliga this season Rabbi Matondo – Schalke The Welshman left Man City in January 2019 to join Schalke for a reported fee of £11million. He left, like Sancho, looking for more first-team opportunities. The 19-year-old winger has found that at Schalke and has made 12 Bundesliga appearances this season, while scoring once. He had just started to cement his place in their first-team when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. AFP – Getty Rabbi Matondo left Man City last year Matondo was excited at the prospect of more people watching his matches when football did return in Germany. He told ITV: “I think it will be a great opportunity for the Bundesliga, obviously as we all know there’s been a lot of countries that have called it off and said no they’re not going to be playing the remainder of the season – Holland, Belgium and France now so obviously it’s a difficult time but in Germany I think it will be great that the games are getting more viewers and the world is tuning in to the Bundesliga.” latest Alli ‘OK’ after horrible burglary ordeal, new PL restart date, Ascot goes ahead paper talk Werner criticised by Bayern chief, Sane’s huge price tag, PSG want Chelsea flop DO YOUR JOB ‘Footballers have the luxury of refusing to work, but what about nurses?’ big fan Shaw identifies what Paul Pogba does better than anyone else at Man United PLAN Championship season could resume before Premier League but Leagues One and Two may end ENIGMA Messi’s ‘greatest ever’ and a ‘genuine phenomenon’ – the genius of Diego Maradona unfair No PL for Leeds and West Brom? Norwich want promotion scrapped if EFL season stops BUTTERFLY EFFECT How one goal changed history for Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, and Wimbledon Ademola Lookman – RB Leipzig He joined Leipzig on a permanent deal from Everton last summer following an unsuccessful stint with the Toffees. They paid £11million for him in January 2017 from Charlton but he only scored once in 36 Premier League appearances, mainly from the bench. The 22-year-old attacker has made six Bundesliga appearances this season but has so far not found the net. Getty Images – Getty Ademola Lookman failed to cement a place in the Everton side Reece Oxford – Augsburg Oxford looked like he would be the next big thing when he burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old at West Ham in a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in 2015. Things did not quite pan out as they should have done from there as he ended up being loaned to Borussia Monchengladbach twice and to Augsburg. The move to Augsburg was made permanent last summer and he has made eight appearances this season. Getty Reece Oxford joined Augsburg on a permanent deal last summer Lewis Baker – Fortuna Dusseldorf (loan from Chelsea) Baker came through Chelsea’s academy but at the age of 25 has only made one first-team appearance for the club. He has had loans at Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse Arnhem, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Reading and now Fortuna Dusseldorf. The midfielder has eight appearances this season but has failed to make his mark at the Bundesliga club. Getty Images – Getty Lewis Baker is at his seventh different loan side Jonjoe Kenny – Schalke (loan from Everton) The right-back joined the German side last summer on a season-long loan to try and get more game time. He found chances limited at Goodison Park due to Seamus Coleman and the club also signed Djibril Sidibe on loan from Monaco. The 23-year-old has played 23 matches this season, the second most for the club, and has one goal and three assists to his name. It’s a move that could well be the making of him. Getty Images – Getty Jonjoe Kenny is on loan from Everton Bonus – Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna You may not know that Borussia Dortmund pair Haaland and Reyna were both born in England while their footballing fathers were playing at Leeds and Sunderland, respectively. Both actually qualify to play for England thanks to being born here. Haaland is one of the most talked about young players in world football thanks to his ridiculous goalscoring exploits. Getty Images – Getty There seems to be no stopping the incredible Haaland Despite only being 19, he scored 28 goals in 22 games this season for Red Bull Salzburg before joining Dortmund. In 11 games for the German side, he has 12 goals to his name. Reyna is yet to make the same impact but has only just turned 17 and already started getting regular game time with the Dortmund first-team. He has made 11 total appearances this season, including in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain when he provided the assist to Haaland for the game winning goal. Getty Images – Getty Giovanni Reyna made his Bundesliga debut in January,
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