JAMIE BYNOE-GITTENS is the latest Englishman to make it big in the Bundesliga.
Like Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham before him, the Prem’s biggest clubs are likely to look to Bynoe-Gittens’ progress at Borussia Dortmund and kick themselves.
Since turning 18 just 10 days ago, the Reading boy has scored his first senior goal for the German giants and signed a new long-term deal.
So the life of the right-footed left winger, who also helped England win the European Under-19 Championship in Slovakia last month, is moving on quickly.
Given his position and style of play, it’s no surprise that comparisons are drawn to Sancho, who has already played a key role in Bynoe-Gittens’ career.
Sancho now plays at Manchester United and left Watford for Manchester City’s academy, where he spent two years before joining Dortmund in 2017.
When Bynoe-Gittens was at Reading academy he made the same move north over Sancho’s progress at Manchester, rejecting Arsenal in the process.
Before that he played for a team called Caversham Trents, near Reading, between the ages of five and seven.
With his father being a keen cricketer, he was torn between the two sports but played for Reading and Chelsea from a young age before staying with his hometown club until the under-14 level.
Bynoe-Gittens spent two years at City before joining Dortmund as a 16-year-old in 2020 despite an offer from Bayern Munich.
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Despite suffering a nasty ankle injury in his first youth season in Germany, he has developed brilliantly over the past season, delivering better stats than Sancho ever did in Dortmund U19s.
He was rewarded by former professional coach Marco Rose with a Bundesliga debut aged 17 in a 6-1 win over Wolfsburg in April.
At the end of his last term, he made four appearances – including a full debut.
Bynoe-Gittens then started four times, including the final, as England Under-19s defeated Israel 3-1 to be crowned European champions.
After just a week’s leave, he returned to Dortmund for the pre-season and on Saturday away in Freiburg, where the side were trailing 1-0, he scored his first goal for the seniors in a 3-1 win.
There is no doubt that Dortmund midfielder Bellingham has helped him settle in alongside Gio Reyna, the English-born son of former Sunderland and Man City midfielder Claudio.
He said: “You went through what I’m going through. They’re both young and I talk to them, on and off the pitch.
“This season I want to be a starter.”
Bynoe-Gittens tried to conduct an interview in German last year. He takes three lessons a week and hopes that next season all his post-game duties will be in German.
Former Dortmund star Paul Lambert is impressed, telling SunSport: “I’ve seen him in training and he’s a good one. He’s still a baby but they have high hopes for him.”
Bynoe-Gittens’ £8,000-a-week deal was due to expire next summer so he signed a new £40,000-a-week deal until 2025 on Tuesday.
Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl said: “We believe he still has a lot of potential for development and we will give him the time he needs.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6021163/englnad-borussia-dortmund-bynoe-gittens-arsenal/ Meet England’s next Dortmund star in Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, who turned down Arsenal – and cricket – to put Prem clubs on red alert