It makes sense that Jürgen Klopp is keeping an eye on some of Europe’s brightest young prospects. Liverpool looks to gain every advantage over its Premier League competitors.
Jamie Bynoe-Gittens of Borussia Dortmund is one interesting talent who might become more prominent in the future. The 18-year-old is the most recent English starlet to go to the Bundesliga. That too in the pursuit of a regular playing schedule in one of the top five leagues in Europe.
Academies of Chelsea and Manchester City signed the young player. He made 10 Bundesliga appearances for the German powerhouses this season, scoring three goals. He is following successes of fellow countrymen Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham at Signal Iduna Park. The England U-19 international will believe that Germany will be his best bet for breaking into the first team.
Despite this, it would be negligent for top English clubs like Liverpool to ignore the development of the gifted attacker. Especially in light of the sum paid for Sancho when he transferred to Manchester United in 2021. When the England attacker went to Old Trafford, he cost the Red Devils over $88 million (£73 million/€83 million).
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“He’s [trod] a very well-worn path from London to the Manchester City academy to Borussia Dortmund and he will undoubtedly be compared with [Jadon Sancho],” said Mo Stewart on the Analysing Anfield podcast, while acknowledging that the two players do, however display some key stylistic differences.
“I think he is a very different kind of player to Sancho, they both have that very tricky ability to go either side of a defender. Sancho’s first instinct was always to give the ball to the striker but Jamie Bynoe-Gittens has got a goal in him.”
“I think it was one of his first or second appearances this season where he scored — came off the bench and scored. Ans he’s scored another belter, cutting inside on his right foot and curling it into the bottom corner.”
Given the abundance of skill Borussia Dortmund can claim in the attacking areas. Mo Bynoe-Gittens’ biggest challenge will be getting the necessary playing time to maximise his growth.
He said: “I just think he’s one of those players who, if he gets the chance to grow, will become fantastic. The issue, for him, might be getting that chance at Dortmund as [they] have got a lot of forward players.”
“They’ve got Sebastian Haller, Anthony Modeste and Youssoufa Moukoko who are all strikers, with Gittens, Karim Adeyemi, Donyell Malen, Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt and Gio Reyna who all want to play as wide forwards. It’s going to be tough for him to get the consistent minutes to develop but I really like this kid and I think he can go far.”
Mo Stewart on Jamie Bynoe-Gittens
Mo did, however add that, in spite of these concerns, the youngster is still more likely to get crucial minutes. He will get more minutes in the Bundesliga than he would at an elite Premier League side like Liverpool.
He said: “I do spend a lot of time watching Borussia Dortmund for reasons that are probably obvious to everybody and I’ve also been intrigued by a lot of what people have said about him coming out of the [Man] City academy. I think it’s a strange situation for them as they will want to feel they have learned the lessons in Sancho but I’m not sure they have.”
“The problem is that the players are looking at Sancho and thinking, regardless of what [Pep Guardiola] tells me, I know that I’m going to get minutes in the Bundesliga. The irony is that he’s not getting that yet but I do think this time next year, there will be a lot more people with that same opinion [as me].”
Mo added: “He has to get more opportunities — he’s in the 98th percentile for shots per 90 minutes and 99th for shots on target per 90 minutes, which is obviously good. We have to mention that these are smaller sample sizes but that does tell you that when he’s on the pitch, he is dangerous.”
“I think in a team like Borussia Dortmund’s who do accentuate the attacking side, I think it’s fair to say, he’s going to get opportunities to show what he can do if he gets on the pitch.”
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