Borussia Dortmund have moved to sign up yet another young English talent with the acquisition of 16-year-old Jamie Bynoe-Gittens from Manchester City’s academy. After Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham, the teenager will be the third player the Schwarzgelben have pinched from England.
The trend for the Premier League snapping up the Bundesliga’s top stars continues with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz moving there in the summer, but conversely the trend for Bundesliga clubs to snare the best young talent from the island is also continuing.
BVB have beaten off stiff competition for the highly sought-after winger with both Paris St Germain and Real Madrid also reported to have been tracking the player. The fact that Dortmund were able to offer the teenager a specific career plan looks to have swung the deal in their favour. It is believed Bynoe-Gittens will follow a similar path to that of Sancho, who also joined the club from Manchester City’s academy at a similar age.
Sancho, now the focus of a €100 million transfer tussle between BVB and Manchester United was signed in 2017 and played initially in the U-19 side in the Regionalliga West before progressing to the first team. The new signing will also begin in the U-19 side before hopefully making the transition for the 2021-22 season (by which time it is likely Sancho will have been sold).
Bynoe-Gittens plays primarily as a left winger but is also capable of playing on the right, as well as in the second striker role. He is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in England, and the fact that Dortmund have managed to sign him is yet another feather in the cap for the club’s reputation as a developer of top young talent.
“’Jamie Bynoe-Gittens has joined us, and we are delighted to have him at in our youth set-up” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc explained. “He will initially play with the U19s. Our scouting department have done a fantastic job! He is a highly talented wide player, who will get the chance to develop at his own pace in our youth teams. We don’t want expectations to be raised too high right from the start.”