Benjamin Hoffmann, now a manager with Mainz Under-19s, worked at the academy in Dortmund while Sancho progressed through the system.
Sancho is a “street dog”
According to an ex-Borussia Dortmund youth manager who helped England international on his way to stardom, Jadon Sancho is a “street dog” who has always been motivated to get to the very top. Benjamin Hoffmann, now a manager with Mainz Under-19s, worked at the academy in Dortmund while Sancho progressed through the system. Sancho, now 20 years old, is one of the most feared attackers in European football, playing a significant role for clubs and the country and being tracked for potential big-money transfers by various top clubs, including Man Utd. Benjamin says Jadon had to be given the freedom to play because of his tremendous abilities and recalled one match against Real Madrid’s youth squad as a prime example of how a winger was incredibly determined to go to the top.
Sancho was one of the best talents at Dortmund’s academy
Hoffman told reporters: “Jadon is a real street dog who always wants to be the best. I had to give him freedom because otherwise, I could not motivate him for the U19s. His best match was in the UEFA Youth League Vs. Real Madrid. There he performed with Jacob Bruun Larsen and Alex Isak to make up the hostile three. He knew that everyone was watching, the match was broadcasted on television, and he could prove that he really should not be here. We won 5-3”. Benjamin was a central figure in Dortmund’s very prolific academy during his time at the club. He named Sancho one of the best talents he worked with, as well as another current Dortmund star in Giovanni Reyna.
At Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp was simply sensational
He also worked with former Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp. Who had just led Liverpool to his first English title in 30 years. Winning the Champions League last season and was full of praise for the German. Hoffman said: “Jürgen Klopp was simply sensational. It’s amazing how accessible he is. He builds an individual connection with each player. To see how he treats the players and how genuine he remains with them.” Of the current Dortmund youth crop, Youssoufa Moukoko is the most highly regarded young player, with the 15-year-old striker next season to approach the senior squad. Hoffman supports the young man to justify the hype and believes that he has the maturity to succeed.
He said: “I think Moukoko will be able to keep up physically and in football there. In addition to his football qualities, he developed personally under Dortmund U-17 manager Sebastian Geppert over the past two years and has significantly matured.”