Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Spurs were well aware of Jadon Sancho’s potential before he decided to leave Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho signed for City from Watford in 2015 and spent two years with the club’s academy prior to his move to Germany on transfer deadline day in August 2017.
The 18-year-old has since emerged as one of the brightest prospects in European football, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists in the Bundesliga this season to help Dortmund to the top of the Bundesliga table.
Sancho has been earmarked as Dortmund’s biggest attacking threat ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Spurs on Wednesday with both Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer out injured.
Speaking ahead of the game, Pochettino said: ‘I am not too much impressed about him. We knew very well that he was capable of doing what he is doing now with game time. We have seen the quality that he was showing in Manchester City and for his national team.
‘I think we were talking in the last few years that he was a massive prospect to be a very good player. Of course he is showing now in Germany that he can cope with the pressure to play in the Bundesliga or in the Champions League.
‘And no, it doesn’t surprise me. His talent is there and he’s a very talented player.’
Despite being highly-regarded by Pep Guardiola at City, Sancho decided to leave in pursuit of first-team football and Spurs were among the clubs linked with a move for him before he joined Dortmund.
It has proven to be an inspired decision with Sancho emerging as a senior England international during his time in Germany, making three appearances for Gareth Southgate’s squad since the World Cup.