Following his eye-catching performance against Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage tie at Wembley on Wednesday, England and Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has showered praise on 18-year-old English winger Jadon Sancho.
Concise News reports that the ‘Fiwagboye of Lagos’ was in awe of the Dortmund youngster who was a constant threat on the ball and proved to be a menace for the Spurs defenders.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand says: “I’ve seen Jadon Sancho and I’m just happy to be watching him. He is scaring the life out of seasoned Premier League players I love it.
“Every time he gets the ball he has the respect of the defenders. He twists people all over the place. Sanchez was turned inside out by him. He is just unbelievable to see.
Jermaine Jenas adds: “There is so much intelligence in what Sancho does and he gets his head up at the same time.”
Furthermore, Ferdinand claims he has tracked Sancho’s progress from when he was a young boy. He saw huge talent in him.
“I’ve known about Sancho from when he was a kid. He was always a driven and professional young man. There was pressure on him to decide what to do and he wanted to go on play first-team football,” he adds.
“He believed the junior level was too easy for him. He’s gone there, assists galore and goals. He’s got the character and belief that he’s one of the best players.”
In an interview with BT Sport before the game, Sancho spoke about his desire to succeed and drive to provide a better life for his family.
“I feel like us England players just love football, the people I grew up around just want to help their mums and families live a better life, we’ll do anything to make them proud,” he states.
Ultimately Sancho couldn’t quite replicate his first-half showing in the second period and Spurs ran out 3-0 winners, putting them in a comfortable position to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals.